Tag Archives: Howard Hughes

The Damaged Personality

Eccentric and unhinged and sometimes evil billionaires are the stuff of cartoons. Scrooge McDuck was the slightly nasty foil to Donald Duck – but harmless. Montgomery Burns in The Simpsons is pure evil – and a joke too. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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Structurally Induced Pessimism

No one ends up where they expected. All the graduate fellowships meant a career as a scholar, or at least a tenure-track position teaching English at some small liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere – but that wasn’t … Continue reading

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Lots of Fake

By 1981 it was time for a change – the first marriage had ended and teaching English at the prep school in Rochester, in the quiet upper left hand corner of New York, had lost its charm, or at least … Continue reading

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Engineering a Better America

There are a couple of theories about why things just work so well – and sometimes they contradict each other. There’re the Great Man theory, where one extraordinary man (or woman) by sheer force of will creates something from nothing … Continue reading

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Way Cool But Quite Useless

You learned a lot of things working in the Southern California aerospace industry during the boom years of the eighties. At Northrop the wind-tunnel was smaller than you thought – they used little models – but the F-18 production line … Continue reading

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