"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," the writer George Santayana once famously said. The StarTribune's Curt Brown prevents that from happening. Brown authors the paper's Sunday history column, blowing new life into old tales most of us never knew existed. Be it the gangster saga of Davie Berman, the philanthropy of 1800s oil baron Aloysius O'Shaughnessy, or the rise and fall of anti-Semitic evangelist William Bell Riley, Brown illuminates the forgotten stories of Minnesota's history. It's fascinating, a reminder that if we don't pay heed to our past, we might start throwing mass rallies against the teaching of evolution, like we did in the 1920s.