I am Roger D. Launius (LAWN-ee-us). I was born in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1954 and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. I graduated from Graceland College (now Graceland University), Lamoni, Iowa, in 1976 and received the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history in 1978 and 1982 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, with major fields in American frontier and military history. I pursued my longstanding interest in the field of history when as an undergraduate I couldn’t conquer the higher math required for biology.
I am interested in Cardinals baseball, ranting about politics and religion, and analyzing movies (probably ad nauseum). I am also undertaking research to find the perfect single malt scotch.
I like to read American history, history of science and technology, history of religion, and works on popular science. I am an unapologetic liberal and vote Democratic most of the time, complain about politicians all of the time, and work hard to keep from becoming deeply depressed by the right-leaning nature of American society. My interests and hobbies include space, baseball, and watching movies.
I presently have two favorite quotes: “non illegitimi carborundum” (don’t let the bastards grind you down) and “time to bring in a lefty,” representative both of my basic belief about baseball pitching and national politics.