I wish to thank both of you for caring enough to remind us with a gentle come-uppance to be more respectful of one another when having our usual and endless disagreements.
Every so often, it is easy to let things get a little out of hand as we cannot see facial expressions or raised eyebrows. I am sure Mike would agree and I hope we can continue to spar in a better mood.
I am an old lady so naturally, I view everyone under 65 as a cocky kid, but I still get along with KtK, so that is a plus! There is much benefit there.
Seriously, I am grateful for your thoughtfulness, the both of you. Thank you for taking the time!
I really like your downstream post referred to here. Henry Kissinger would appreciate how you looked at both sides of an issue and summarized what is at the core of their polar opposite perspectives.... more
about Mike's penchant for personalizing. Unfortunate. Don't know Mike personally so can only generalize that in my experience the tendency, along with that of defensiveness, oft-times can be chalked up... more
not bothered to read or simply have not processed the content of the various posts here Mike concerning this subject. Why that should be the case, I hesitate to say--you certainly have had more than enough... more
Hey Olds, Some years ago, at a TTR event, I remember one of the speakers: a retired professor of history, mentioned that... .."The legend" is a very important part of history. (or words to that... more
Legend, myth, folktale, fable, even unexamined "conventional wisdom," whichever word or idea is the correct one, it certainly can spur or inspire researchers to pursue "the real story." In my own line... more
Olds, for some reason after reading your post, I immediately had a fractured remembrance of either Buffalo Bill Cody or Wild Bill Hickok during a stage career which included having to wear an outrageous... more
I do know Mike, personally. He is a passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated researcher who I believe, is very frustrated with much of the modern historical writing. He is trying to right the wrongs as... more
Mike seems to compare a tenured university professor resource’s modus operandi to a cardboard cut-out or a guy in a television marketing ad dressed up as a doctor wearing a stereoscope. What’s with the... more
BJ, it seems that you were pretty much in agreement with much of what Mike was saying early on. Even after his post Missed My Meaning in which he said "It's not over the top because it's not true...a... more
So Jerry, I’m not sure why you feel the need to defend Mike? He can advocate for himself. The post you referred to is being taken out of context. My post was in response to mike claiming that “I... more
Up with rapprochement. My only comment would be, if Mike is frustrated, as am I, if surely to a less passionate extent, with those who are "continually printing the legend," then I would think that... more
Hey Olds, your negation of: .."Didn't know that Billy, about Mike's penchant for personalizing" ...seems to contrast with your recent, deeply entrenched downstream post per the topic of Mike....... more
I was referring to not knowing that Mike had a PENCHANT for or PATTERN of personalizing. Obviously, I knew that he did with Joyce, but reckoned that was a one-off. It was when you added that he had done... more
Risky business, butting in. I just felt that while Mike is spot on about his more sophisticated, professional approach to historical research and interpretation, that he was applying a rigorous academic... more