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14 September 2015
The Alarming Thing about History
The alarming thing about history is its seemingly inevitable habit of repeating itself. This alone is a good reason to learn as much of it as you have time to cram in, but as every history professor tells his students, the why is more important, than the what and and when. That’s why Timothy Snyder’s thoughtful piece in the NY Times this weekend is so worth reading.
21 July 2014
The Only Thing More Amazing Than The Moonwalk 45 years Ago Tonight
Exactly 45 years ago tonight, everyone who could see a TV, was in front of one. The clip below is the actual coverage from CBS News that evening. You can actually watch all of the Moonwalk online, and if you were not born yet, I highly recommend you do so. A lot of folks do not realize that when the camera came on (and a lot of folks doubted it …
22 November 2013
Why Isn’t Tom & Jerry On?? My Memories of 50 years Ago Today
Everyone old enough to remember this day 50 years ago has a story, and here’s mine. I was a young child, and my memories of that day are a bit jumbled, but some events that day I remember like it was yesterday. The sky in Oklahoma was a bright but deep blue, and not a cloud was in the sky, just like Dallas 200 miles away to the south. My Dad …
9 April 2013
Bob Brier Turns Ancient History Into Must See TV
Are you looking for a project you can do with your kids or perhaps an elderly parent that will enrich your lives and leave a lasting impression?? I have a suggestion. I’ve just finished watching 48 lectures on the History of Ancient Egypt. The professor was Dr. Bob Brier of Long Island University, and to say they were fantastic would be an understatement. I bought them though The Great Courses, and let …
29 July 2012
Great Summer Reading- Two Brilliant Books
A couple of books to recommend that I have enjoyed immensely. One has nothing to do with science, other than the fact that Abraham Lincoln’s opinion of weather forecasters was ( and deservedly so at the time) rather low. Science First: The Magic of Reality Richard Dawkins has produced a fantastically illustrated book for young adults called the Magic of Reality. I say young adults, but I certainly enjoyed it. It’s a must read for …