On May 20, 1927, at 07:52 in the morning, Charles Lindbergh -- not knowing that he would play a bit part in a book published by the Tenured Radical in 1997 -- took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, flying "The Spirit of St. Louis" on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day, as hundreds of Frenchmen cheered wildly and hoped that he would not try to speak French.
Strangely, the Radical herself will by taking off from JFK tomorrow -- although the plane will be piloted by a clever German employed by Lufthansa -- and landing in Paris the following day! And I am sure there are lots of French people who are also praying I don't test run my French on them. But you know what? They're out of luck.
Meaning -- unless I happen to fall into an internet cafe in either paris or Corsica in the next two weeks -- this blog is on hiatus until June 5.
I am Claire B. Potter, Professor of History and American Studies at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. My blogging ethic is neither to name or to accurately describe individuals unless I am writing about a public event, or commenting on information already published about that person in a reputable source. Unless I note otherwise, situations, pseudonymous people and professional dilemmas described here are fictional. Uncivil or mean-spirited comments toward me or anyone else will be deleted, as will advertisements for products or services disguising themselves as comments. The Radical can also be found at her Zenith faculty page and at Cliopatria; scholarly and public writing can also be found here. The banner photo was taken from this page.
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