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Something Fun for a Friday: USAF Flash Mob at National Air and Space Museum


On November 29, 2016, the U.S. Air Force band visited the National Air and Space Museum for a holiday flash mob performance. Really fun. Enjoy.

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Wednesday’s Book Review: American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America”


American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. By Chris Hedges. New York: Free Press, 2007. Sinclair Lewis once wrote, “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” Former New … Continue reading

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Five Legacies of Space Access Since the 1950s


While a large number of issues could be explored in the now more than fifty years of  space access, here are five central legacies, number three will blow your mind. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). The limitations of chemical rocket technology … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Telecommunications Industry for Space Commercialization


Everyone agrees, or almost everyone since there are a few pretenders to this title and each have their champions, that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts. A year later he organized the Bell Patent Association … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government”


Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government. By James T. Sparrow. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. This book has a simple, but elegant, thesis: The author challenges the longstanding belief that FDR’s New Deal, … Continue reading

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Redirect: National Council on Public History Awards


The National Council on Public History (NCPH) is soliciting award nominations for 2016. And the deadline is fast approaching! All award nominations (with the exception of the NCPH Book Award and the Robert Kelley Memorial Award) are due (not postmarked) by … Continue reading

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The Great 1985 World Series Game Six Showdown


Game six of the 2016 World Series was great, no doubt, especially since the Chicago Cubs brought the team back from a 3-1 deficit to force a showdown game seven. It will be long remembered. As enjoyable as this may … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Flying Man: Hugo Junkers and the Dream of Aviation”


Flying Man: Hugo Junkers and the Dream of Aviation. By Richard Byers. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2016. There is no doubt but that Hugo Junkers is a major figure in the history of aviation in the first third … Continue reading

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National Geographic “Mars” Series Premiers November 14


National Geographic is premiering a new documentary/action film about humans going to Mars on the evening of  November 14, 2016, 9 pm EST airtime. The information on this series is here. Executive Producer Ron Howard is behind this unique series mixing … Continue reading

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Remembering the Gemini Program


Since it is the fiftieth anniversary of the the end of the Gemini program in 1966, with the flight of Gemini XII on November 12-15, I thought it appropriate to reflect on what I refer to as the middle child … Continue reading

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