Latest from John Kelly

Remembering the day the Rick Springfield fan army shut down Tysons Corner

In 1981, the guy behind “Jessie’s Girl” drew thousands to Variety Records.
  • Jun 16, 2021

With new sponsors, ‘It’s Academic’ lives on to keep quizzing high school students

The long-running show gains support from David M. Rubenstein and research and development group MITRE.
  • Jun 15, 2021

Sing it out: University of Maryland’s team took top honors in vocal competition

The pandemic meant changes in the tournament featured in “Pitch Perfect.”
  • Jun 14, 2021

On the road: Pondering America on a post-pandemic trip down I-95

Traffic and podcasts both move pretty slowly.
  • Jun 13, 2021

Getting the brush off: Occasionally, street sweepers leave behind little bristles

Ever find a long, thin piece of metal on the street? It may have come from a rotating broom.
  • Jun 12, 2021

Rhymes with reasons: Cicada poems that touch more than the funny bone

Consider the cicada. Hundreds of readers did. Here are a few moving poems.
  • Jun 9, 2021

Can you cicada-ku? Here are haiku — and other poems — in honor of cicadas.

Seventeen syllables about the insects that return every 17 years.
  • Jun 8, 2021

What rhymes with ‘cicada’? Readers explore the insect’s poetic possibilities.

Limericks are funny, even if the cicada invasion isn’t. Here are the best from readers.
  • Jun 7, 2021

I once made fun of UFOs. Now the U.S. government is giving me second thoughts.

Alien spacecraft? The Pentagon isn’t saying that. But it’s not not saying that, either.
  • Jun 6, 2021

In 1945, a pair of Navy aviators performed aerobatics above Bethesda. Bad idea.

One Grumman Hellcat sliced the tail off the other. That’s what parachutes are for.
  • Jun 5, 2021