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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys”


Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys. By Michael Collins. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974. (40th Anniversary Edition, June 23, 2009) There have been several excellent Apollo astronaut memoirs, especially Gene Cernan’s The Last Man on the Moon and … Continue reading

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Godspeed, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)


Neil Armstrong was a powerful voice for pushing back the frontiers of flight. His death on Saturday, August 25, 2012, is a sad occasion for all of us. There have been many tributes to him over the course of the … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “America’s First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904”


America’s First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904. By George R. Matthews. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2005. With the Olympics currently underway in London, it seems appropriate to call attention in my Wednesday book review to a good … Continue reading

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Redirect: The Desegregation of Airports in the American South


My friend and colleague Anke Ortlepp, the current Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum here in Washington, D.C., has just posted on-line a terrific analysis of the desgregation of airports in the U.S. South. I … Continue reading

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The Great George Brett/Hal McRae Batting Title Race of 1976


In 1976 the expansion Kansas City Royals were in the midst of taking their first American League West division title, with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses, but just as important was the race for the American League … Continue reading

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Join Me and Many Others for the 50th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium


For anyone who might be in the Washington, D.C., area on Wednesday and Thursday, March 28 and 29, 2012, the American Astronautical Society is hosting the 50th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott. The conference theme of … Continue reading

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