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Wednesday’s Book Review: “John Ford”


John Ford. By Peter Bogdanovich. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978. The accomplished film director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon to name only two) interviewed legendary director John Ford in the latter 1960s. This book is … Continue reading

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A Short History of the Birth of the NACA in Less Than 1,000 Words


On March 3, 2015, we will commemorate the birth of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) that took place in 1915. This organization was very much a product of its time and place and circumstance. For the first twelve years … Continue reading

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Joseph Smith III, the Reorganized Church Presidency, and Divine Appointment


In a blog post last week I discussed the issue of lineal succession for Joseph Smith III (1832-1914) and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While the church’s leadership certainly accepted without qualification the role of primogeniture … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Cowboy Hero”


The Cowboy Hero: His Image in American History and Culture. By William W. Savage Jr. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1979. The cowboy became a staple of popular American culture in the nineteenth century and has remained so until the … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Teams at the Start of Spring Training in 2015


We are now at the point where the 2015 Spring Training is underway. I love this time of year, the majority of the off-season moves have been made, the endless speculation is about to be met by actual performance, and … Continue reading

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Joseph Smith III and Lineal Succession Claims to the Mormon Presidency


Perhaps no issue has been more controversial than presidential succession in the Latter-day Saint movement. Joseph Smith III, son of the Mormon founder, buttressed his ascension to the presidency of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Overpotential”


Overpotential: Fuel Cells, Futurism, and the Making of a Power Panacea. By Matthew N. Eisler. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012. Acknowledgments, notes, index. Pp. ix – 260. ISBN: 978-0-8135-5177-7. Hardcover with dustjacket. $49.95 USD. I have been interested in … Continue reading

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Announcing “The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development”


On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A, “to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution, and to determine the problems which should … Continue reading

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Something Fun for a Friday the Thirteenth: Ray Charles and Jimmy Lewis singing “If It Wasn’t for Bad Luck”


Since it is Friday the thirteenth I thought I would offer a great song by Ray Charles and Jimmy Lewis. We have all thought it; some of us have said it out loud. Ray and Jimmy sing it like it … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “A Single Sky”


David P. D. Munns. A Single Sky: How an International Community Forged the Science of Radio Astronomy. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013. x + 247 pp., illus., acknowledgments, list of abbreviations, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-0-262-01833-3. $34.00, £23.95 (hardcover). In … Continue reading

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