Column: The Pox

Forgive my nostalgia, but I yearn for those golden years when we had no more than one epidemic at a time. Perhaps it never truly existed: when polio crippled rich and poor alike, we still had thousands stricken each year by measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, and chicken pox. We Continue reading “Column: The Pox”

Column: Lightning

Benjamin Franklin was fascinated by lightning. The famous portrait of him flying a kite in a thunderstorm with a young boy running in the background gets many details wrong, including the fact that the boy was his fully grown son, but it captures his curiosity and originality.  One Continue reading “Column: Lightning”

Celebrate Like It’s 1952

Once again, America has chosen a government in the middle of a pandemic.  Of course, in 1952 nobody called it a pandemic.  It was just an American epidemic.  The dead and crippled were accumulating in record numbers outside the U.S., but back then we only seemed to notice the misery Continue reading “Celebrate Like It’s 1952”

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