Michael Carey

Thousands of men and women are retro hunters. They hunt all over the United States, forsaking Winchester, Remington and other firearm manufacturers for weaponry older than the pyramids -- the bow and arrow, the sling shot, the spear. But nobody has taken taken retro as far as the so-called "persistence hunters" depicted by Alex Cullen and Emma Tammi in their 53-minute documentary "Fair Chase," which débuted at the Santa Barbara film Festival Jan. 29. These nine men are distance runners who attempt to track down on foot and kill the second-fastest land animal in the world -- the pronghorn antelope -- on the high plains of New Mexico....

Michael Carey

Historian David Donald said more has been written about Abraham Lincoln than anyone in American history. Studying and writing about Lincoln is something of a national industry. The New York Times recently put Richard Brookhiser's "Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln" on the cover of the Sunday Book Review...

Michael Carey

Psychiatric treatment was virtually nonexistent in early 20th century Alaska. Trained psychiatrists were unknown. General practitioners performed limited psychiatric tasks and usually performed them poorly.

Early doctors drew liberally from phrenology and folklore, not Sigmund Freud. At a sanity hearing, a doctor might run his hand over the head of the poor soul before the court and offer bold pronouncements about his or her mental state after fingering a cranial bump...

Michael Carey

Peter Dunlap Shohl: Three myths about the Charlie Hebdo murders...

Peter Dunlap-Shohl,Michael Carey

Asked about the "long run," British economist John Maynard Keynes said, "In the long run, we are all dead." Keynes lived in a 20th century democracy. If he had been born 400 years earlier in the kingdom of Henry VIII, he might have said, "In the short run, we are all dead."

The dead piled up in Henry's England. This is a fact, although novelist Hilary Mantel uses fiction to tell the story in "Bring Up the Bodies" (Henry Holt), the second volume in a planned series of three on the turbulence Henry's marriages inflicted on his countrymen during his reign (1509-1547)...

Michael Carey

From the moment the Wright brothers successfully launched their 21-foot Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, aviation advocates began promoting the airplane as a weapon.

The 10 years before World War I were a decade of experimentation and innovation. It took the war to make the airplane a lethal force.

The Europeans were the leaders -- they were performing combat flying before the United States entered the war in April 1917. But a few Americans intoxicated with flight did not wait to discover whether Uncle Sam would join the conflict. In the days after the shooting began in the summer of 1914, they were off to fly for France in the Lafayette Escadrille...

Michael Carey

The kid who grew up eating moose meat in the shadow of his father's trap line is a senior citizen. He turned 70 on Nov. 17. He enjoys the geezer rate in museums, on buses and when ordering breakfast at Denny's Friday morning with graying friends.

I was born on a cold day near the end of a great war that reshaped the world. The local paper, announcing my birth, spelled "Carey" wrong but cheerfully noted the new parents were happy with their first baby and planned to keep the little guy. I am glad they did.

Looking backward, I feel a deep sense of gratitude. Not just for getting this far but for the people who were so good to me on the way. I wish I had sent more thank-you cards. Too many who deserved them are dead...

Michael Carey

On the landing between the first and second floors of the Boston Public Library, twin marble monuments pay tribute to Massachusetts men who fought in the Civil War. The short pillars are capped by lions. The text, honoring the Second and 20th Infantries, is simple, noting that the monuments were given by the people of Boston in honor of those who fought, those who died. The battles in which the units participated are listed on each monument.

The list for the Second Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry includes Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Sherman's Carolina Campaign during the last months of the war. The Second Massachusetts knew bloodshed in a war in which 620,000 people died...

Michael Carey

The election returns are a great teacher. Here's what they taught me...

Michael Carey

A newcomer to the Last Frontier asked my Dad, "Mr. Carey, just how long do you have to be in Alaska before you become a real Alaskan?" Fabian didn't hesitate - "Just long enough for your brains to freeze."

The back-and-forth over Republican Dan Sullivan's qualifications as an Alaskan brought this quip from yesteryear to mind. Sullivan isn't the first candidate for major office to face criticism of his pedigree. Republicans routinely called Sen. Ernest Gruening a carpetbagger during his campaigns in the 50s and 60s, although Gruening had arrived in the territory in 1939...

Michael Carey

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