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My DVD wallet: Comfort movies for an extended trip.

As many of you may know, I have just returned from a month-long trip to Boston to do research for my dissertation project, Ten Years of Winter. If you read my … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Five summers worse than 2014: An answer to The Daily Beast.

I read a lot of news/politics sites, and one of them, although I don’t agree with it a lot of the time, is The Daily Beast. A few days ago … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

You don’t know Jack: My review of the JFK Presidential Library.

Last December, while on a research trip to southern California, I visited the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda and reviewed it for this blog. This past weekend, … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): Bob’s Big Boy Broiler, Downey, California.

This is the first of my Mad Men geography articles to go outside of New York City! Although the show takes place mostly in New York, there’s a strong Southern California … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

A salute to Michael Collins: the guy who didn’t walk on the Moon 45 years ago today.

As I’m sure you’re aware with all the commemorations, today is the 45th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon, arguably one of the finest achievements in … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

The saint of Gombe: Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees of Tanzania.

One of the most extraordinary stories of humankind’s interaction with another species on this planet began 54 years ago today. On July 14, 1960, British naturalist Jane Goodall arrived at … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 41: A chunk of the Berlin Wall.

This unusually chipper piece of concrete once stood in the center of Berlin. Molded in a hurry in August 1961, the Berlin Wall is probably the single most enduring symbol … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth, “Mad Men” location: “Heller’s Luxury Furs,” 246 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Mad Men geography” post. This one is a little obscure, but, I think, important to the show. This address, 246 Seventh Avenue in … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Strangelove on line 2: the history of the “Red Telephone.”

Fifty-one years ago today, on June 20, 1963, a document was signed at the Eighteen Nation Committee on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, by representatives of the U.S. and the Soviet … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 39: Pat Nixon’s red coat.

This red coat has seen a lot of history. It belonged to Patricia Nixon, First Lady of the United States, wife of the 37th President, Richard M. Nixon. She was … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment
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