April 2003 Reads

In American Scripture, Making the Declaration of Independence, Pauline Maier asserts that the historical context and basis for this famous document can be traced as far back as the 14th century English monarchy. From the origins of the Declaration of Independence, to the foxholes of Hurtgen Forest, here are this month’s reads. (more…)

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Interview a Vet

I first became interested in interviewing veterans after watching a television interview with Stephen Ambrose, in which he described the Veteran’s History Project , an ongoing effort sponsored by the Library of Congress to collect first-hand accounts from veterans of 20th century conflicts. The need for this effort, according to Ambrose, is great since we are “currently losing World War II veterans at a rate of 1,100 to 1,500 a day.” (more…)

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Welcome to Think About It. This is a website devoted primarily to my love of history.

I’ve always loved history. Well, let me clarify that- I complained just as loudly as any other high school student who was force-fed dates and names like buckets of castor oil. And like most students, I often remarked to myself, and occasionally to my teachers, the question posed a million times each school year by kids all over the planet- “how in the world will memorizing [insert fact here] help me when I get out of school?” Not that memorizing the date of the Battle of Hastings hasn’t proven useful over the years (it’s 1066 A.D., for trivia’s worth). But like most people, I found it difficult to grasp history’s true worth, let alone stay awake during lectures. (more…)

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An Interview with Howard Shao

In May of 2005 I had the pleasure of sitting down with Howard Shao, founder of Documentum, in Barcelona Spain during the Documentum’s European user’s conference. Documentum, now owned by EMC Corporation, is a leading enterprise content management (ECM) technology. Joining me for this interview was Jes Wills, a colleague and friend of mine. In this hour-long discussion, we touched on the current and future state of technology and Howard’s personal vision.  For an audio version of this interview, you can go to http://www.dmdeveloper.com/articles/interviews/howard_shao.html.


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An Interview with Dr. Thomas Dunlap

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Recently I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Dr. Thomas Dunlap, who teaches History at Texas A&M University. Dr. Dunlap is the author of several books and articles, including Nature and the English Diaspora. His forthcoming work, Faith in Nature, describes the environmental movement as the ultimate commitment. Our interview focused on the life of Alexander von Humboldt, the great naturalist who explored much of Central and South America from 1800-1804. However, our discussion also touched upon a variety of subjects including natural history, and the future of the environmental movement. (more…)

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An Interview with Dr. Carolyn Eastman

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The American Revolution was the first event of its kind in which the media played a central, if not defining role. In a major way, the media served to shape public opinion surrounding a break with England. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Carolyn Eastman, who teaches United States History at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Eastman is an expert on the role that the media played in shaping the early citizenry’s sense of what it meant to be “American.” What follows is various excerpts from that interview, along with other notes and thoughts. (more…)

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An Interview with Jones Quincy Adams

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In February of 2003 I had the great pleasure of interviewing Jones Quincy Adams, a World War II veteran who served as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator. Mr. Adams flew 50 missions, and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery. Here is an abbreviated version of that interview. (more…)

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