Category Archives: Delta Airlines

July 18, 2011, 1:00 pm

Digital Dreams: A Case For Producing More History Ph.D’s

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Among the books I brought with me on vacation is Roy Rosenzweig’s Clio Wired:  The Future of the Past in the Digital Age (New York:  Columbia University Press, 2011).  A radical historian who passed over far too young in 2007, Roy was a member of the first cohort of historians to explore and envision what the Internet could offer to scholars.  I had read some of the essays  and others are new to me, but I decided to read it cover to cover as a set of sustained thoughts.  Since I have it on a Kindle app for iPad, I am actually reading it from cover screen to index screen, which is how I think Roy would have wanted me to read it, even though when he began to plan the volume in 2005, the Kindle had not yet been invented and would not be …

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June 1, 2010, 10:17 am

When The Radical Hits The Road: Dispatches From The Midwest

Big Regional Airport is ever so mildly fogged in. But it is very, very full of post-Memorial Day travelers as I embark on a journey to the Buckeye State for the annual conference of the Policy History Association, where I am to appear on a panel organized in honor of the fabulous Jane DeHart. Yesterday I was cursing myself for having booked a seven a.m. flight since Defending Our Freedoms mandates a 4:30 wake-up time. Never mind the 4 A.M. “courtesy call” from Orbitz telling me that my flight has been delayed twenty-two minutes.

Thank you for that courtesy. I always forget that Orbitz is going to do me the favor of warning me about things that I can’t act on in any way, something that this has particularly bad consequences for early flights. As anyone who uses online travel services know, a delay short of having one’s flight cancelled completely is followed by a cheerful reminder…

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March 17, 2007, 6:43 pm

Standby Safari

Guess what? My flight to Baltimore was cancelled! I spent the night in Atlanta! I paid for a hotel room in Baltimore when I actually needed a hotel room in Atlanta! Yay!

So I went to stand in another line for another two hours where everyone was ripping their hair out and weeping. Fortunately, I have had a great deal of psychotherapy, and I said to myself: “This feeling you have, Radical, of wanting to gut the nearest Delta employee is merely unfinished childhood business. It is all those feelings you were never permitted to express when your mother was always late to pick you up and then did not understand that it was only her own narcissism, and her inability to see you as the person that you were, that unconsciously — and yet, deliberately — prevented your on-time departure. It is those deep feelings of loss and abandonment that were conjured up by the belief that your mother…

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March 16, 2007, 9:37 pm

Well, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

So here I am in the Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport and — my flight is canceled because of a massive snowstorm in the northeast! Really! It’s too funny. Not.

But here’s an interesting historical note, one that reminds me of something a now-retired senior colleague, Dr. Tory, used to say when he was trying to shoot down a job candidate. “History,” he would say with an evil smile, and a look of profound pity for the rest of us who did not understand what a terrible scholar we wanted to hire, “is change over time. And I just don’t see change (pause) over (pause) time (pause) in this work.”

Well, I am reminded of this because I am having the same experience I had ten years ago. And yet it is not the same. Why? Technology.

OK. So I was at the Carter Library finishing up my work this morning when my phone went off. “This is Orbitz TLC,” said a chirpy little voice. “Your …

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