History

What happened before today, before yesterday, before.. well, before last year, at least. That’s history.

Kai Bird in the NYT: The Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer

NYT: The Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer Time to blog again. Yesterday (July 16) was the anniversary of the Trinity Test, and this weekend, the movie, “Oppenheimer,” opens. A long time ago, in 2005, I was among the first — if not thee first— timeshift live bloggers. “Blog like it’s 1945!” was my summer 2005 […]

While we’re on the topic of flu

First flu victim Edgar Hernandez — young boy is referred to as a possible Typhoid Mary. LA Times story, DowJones He’s from an area near a Smithfield-owned factory hog farm, where the stench from the pig waste is downright foul. I’ve been watching news of that farm for a few days. There are claims and […]

Thuds - a little Vietnam History

Thuds – a little Vietnam History

Thuds, the Ridge, and 100 Missions North. Air & Space Magazine, Smithsonian. On the weekend of April 4 & 5th, I was in Arizona to attend a wedding and to interview my uncle for the Veterans History Project. Among the many things my uncle did in his Air Force career was to fly F105s as […]

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Das Kapitalizt Snopsen Leichtgläubig Sitz im lieben

Got this anachronistic quote in email from my brother, who works in financial realms. It was forwarded to him from someone else, and he passed it onto me. And so, I pass it onto you (with comments): “Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and […]

Thanksgiving 72 years ago, in Denver, during the Depression

Today I came across this letter postmarked November 26, 1936. It’s from my great-great-Grandmother to her daughter. ggGrandma resigned a teaching position in Taos and took the bus north to Denver. Here she describes her Thanksgiving dinner. More context and more of the letter at my other site. I have discovered most thrify places to […]

Towers of Gold at Huntington Library Friday night

Towers of Gold at Huntington Library Friday night

So, this woman goes downtown and walks into the historical society. She says, “Archivist, I’ll have a box of great great Grandpa” (his stuff. papers.) Archivist says, “Which box? I’ve got 40 of ’em” 40? Whoa. So this woman digs in and realizes she’s onto something big. Great great Grandpa BUILT California. That’s right. Built. […]