Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Start spreading the news...

I will be speaking at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library tomorrow (Thursday, April 23) at 6:30 PM. Click here for details. Then I'm off to Springfield, Illinois for appearances at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Saturday (April 25) at noon and 2 PM.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

1909 Cartoon: Teddy Roosevelt Arrives in Africa


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Walking for Just Detention

Inspired by the old-time long-distance walkers I wrote about in Pedestrianism, I will be walking in a 24-hour race in New Jersey on May 16th and 17th. The race is part of the New Jersey Trail series of races and will take place at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. My goal is to complete 50 miles. The race is also an opportunity for me to raise money for Just Detention, a charity dedicated to ending prison rape. Please consider donating. Click here for more information.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Circus Elephants

Ringling Brothers’ decision to end elephant acts brought back memories of the summer I spent working in close proximity to circus elephants. I was a vendor in the Cole Bros. traveling circus, which claimed to be the world’s largest traveling three-ring circus under a canvas big top (lots of qualifiers in there!). As part of my job I assisted in the raising and taking down of the big top, which is where I worked alongside the elephants, who helped pull the big top into place. I was warned to never stand behind them because their kicks were quite fearsome.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Miracle Memories

Today (Feb. 22) is the 35th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice (the historic US defeat of the USSR hockey team in the 1980 Olympics). I remember watching the game on TV... but I already knew the final score. ABC tape-delayed the afternoon game until prime time. In those ancient, pre-Internet days, my 13-year-old self was forced to listen for hourly updates in real time on the CBS Radio newscasts (on KYW 1060 AM in Philadelphia). And now the Miracle on Ice is closer to World War II than to today. Time flies, as they say.