Author Archives: launiusr

Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #17, September 14, 2015


Announcing the Space Policy and History Forum #17 If NASA can put a man on the Moon, why can’t NASA put a man on the Moon? by Charles Miller, NexGen Space Charles Miller of NexGen Space will report the results of … Continue reading

Posted in Lunar Exploration, Space | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Perceptions of Belief in a Flat Earth


It’s a wonderful thing, the imagination of humankind. It has brought us the wonders of science and technology, the ideals of freedom and democracy, the inspiration to question, and the desire to help others, to name only a few positive … Continue reading

Posted in History, Lunar Exploration, Personal, Religion, Science | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle”


The Scientific Legacy of Fred Hoyle. Edited by Douglas Gough. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Fred Hoyle was the astronomer nobody knows. One of the most interesting and provocative scientists in his field in the twentieth century, Hoyle made … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What Might a Global History of Space Exploration Look Like?


I would like to know the answer to this question. I would also very much like to hear what others think about the answers to this question. I have been contemplating this issue. Here are my thoughts thus far. By its … Continue reading

Posted in Cold War Competition, International Space Station, Space | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

A Typology of Empires throughout History


I have been studying quite a lot about empires of late; their commonalities, differences, and circumstances. They may all look different, but a remarkably similar in perception. Merriam-Webster defines an empire as: a (1): a major political unit having a territory of … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World”


The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955. By Lindsey R. Swindall. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014. This is a moderately interesting, marginally satisfactory study of two organizations operating between the 1930s and … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics, World War II | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What Are Your Favorite Baseball Rivalries?


Most sports rivalries are a wonderful thing. They stimulate excellence on the field, the court, the ring, the links, whatever the place of competition. They generate attention from even the most casual observer of the sport and the activities of … Continue reading

Posted in Baseball, Oakland A's | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Western Air Express and the First Scheduled Passenger Services Across the Rocky Mountains


I have long been interested in the rise of aviation in the American West during the 1920s. Accordingly, several years ago I began to investigate  Western Air Express, later renamed Western Airlines, which emerged as a pioneer air carrier proving passenger … Continue reading

Posted in aeronautics, aviation, History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Forever Blue”


Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O’Malley, Baseball’s Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles. By Michael D’Antonio. New York: Riverhead Books, 2010. There is no doubt but that Walter O’Malley (1903-1979), known to nemeses … Continue reading

Posted in Baseball, History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Comments on the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 (Public Law 75-706)


I recently participated in a discussion of educational materials to be prepared for helping to understand the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower, president between January 1953 and January 1961. Eisenhower, whether one agrees with his policies or not, was a consequential … Continue reading

Posted in aeronautics, aviation, History, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment