Category Archives: History

Jesse Brown and the Integration of Naval Aviation


Jesse Leroy Brown (1926-1950) is little known today but as a naval aviator he gained famed. As a little boy growing up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, he wanted to become a pilot. One day Brown was watching an airplane flying above and … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science”


A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science. By Joseph R. Bassi. Boston: American Meteorological Society, 2015. Abbreviations and acronyms, archives consulted, foreword, acknowledgments, images, notes, index. 246 pages. Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-935704-85-0. $35.00 USD. Joseph … Continue reading

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The Wildness of World Airways under Edward J. Daly


There is wild, no doubt, and then there is World Airways wild. This company was the brainchild of Edward J. Daly, an iconoclast whose management and leadership made the corporation, based in Oakland, California, into one of the most important … Continue reading

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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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