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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


joel hanes

Washington man myself. That moment when, as victorious General of the Revolution, he spurns all the profferred trappings of kingship, and then steps down after two terms -- lotta nobility there. Not many precedents in history, either.

After Washington, FDR.

And after him, maybe Benjamin Franklin -- the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States.
Printer. Author. Scientist. Ambassador. Freethinker.

Mark H

I'm with you on Franklin. Possibly my favorite historical figure.


Have you read The Big Burn, by Timothy Egan? The story of Teddy R., Gifford Pinchot, the creation of the Forest Service and the politics of the day. An incredibly gripping read. It made me a true fan of Teddy. We need another Teddy today.


joel hanes

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A worthy followup to The Big Burn is Curt Meine's biography of Aldo Leopold, one of the first US Foresters, who was chosen by Pinchot and worked closely with him for a while. (If you haven't yet read Leopold's Sand County Almanac, you might read that first).



My husband did his post-doc with Estella Leopold and she gifted him with an autographed copy of Sand County Almanac. He's still in touch with Estella, but I'm not sure if she's still at UW. An amazing family to be sure.


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