About the blog.
This is a fairly disorganized ramble round many things aviation-related as they occur to me, in the hope that they that might interest a similarly air minded reader. It is my intention to record the things that pique my curiosity and find out a little more about them, trying to present blog posts as little self-contained snippets.
Because of my background as a librarian and student of History, especially one who recently spent a happy but exhausting time writing a long thesis for my MA, 30-odd years after my BA, it seemed only natural to have a bibliography somewhere in here. It is pretty rudimentary now, but as it grows and I remember to cite my sources, I hope we may see a little bit of organization creeping in.
Robert Smith – Pittsburg, Kansas, USA – @BritHistorian
Part-time lecturer in History at Pittsburg State University (yay!, see below). Researcher, domestic supervisor and presiding Chef de Cuisine at the Maison Smith. At various times I have called myself a Librarian, Historian, and Geek. At a ripe old age I went back to college and as a result I am a proud 2014 MA History Graduate from Pittsburg State University, Kansas. (Go Gorillas!). Looking for new challenges all the time – see driver for details.
I’m an aviation enthusiast (I’d better be, if I’m doing this) of long standing, going back to the time when my parents asked me if I’d like a model Spitfire “like the one Daddy used to fly.”
When I’m not writing this blog I’m reading other peoples’ blogs, watching old movies, YouTube, yelling at Wikipedia, tweeting about Public Radio (shout out to KRPS 89.9FM, Pittsburg’s NPR station and a terrific bunch of people), aviation, and random topics. I’m also learning Garageband on IOS and how to play the Didgeridoo – not at the same time. I am very happily married to Susan and we live with our Border Collie cross and a houseful of books in semi rural Pittsburg, Kansas.