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"At the curtain take a bow New Haven"


I was a lecturer in Michigan and U.S. history at Eastern Michigan University from 1997 through 2017. I hold a Ph.D. in the history of science, technology, environment and medicine (STEM) from Case Western Reserve University (2001) with a sub-field in economics. I wrote a dissertation on Progressive Era engineering ideology in educational reforms. I am also degreed in Philosophy having written a thesis on Friedrich Nietzsche's aesthetics. My research interests include the intersections of technology and education, the history of Michigan and transportation in Michigan, the ideological and intellectual history of engineering, history of U.S. railroads, interurban railroads, the U.S. Progressive Era, public history, and museums of science and technology.

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I was an editor in the history group, and served in other various administrative roles.

Reflecting on the East Arm, Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan, 2007.

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More fun from the Chicago Manual of Style

Q. How do you recover from a real proofreading blooper—the kind that has everyone in gales and is terribly embarrassing?

A. Naturally, we [at CMoS] have very little experience with this. Is there absolutely no way to blame it on someone else? If not, you probably should keep a low profile until it blows over. Lucky for you, proofreaders automatically have a fairly low profile.

--Chicago Manual of Style--Questions and Answers, January 2012. University of Chicago Press. (Archived by WebCite® at

Q. When I entered an incorrect password for your website, I received this message: “Invalid Log In.” Shouldn’t “log in” be “login” in this case?

A. In a world where CMOS editors could stand with whips and chains over all the IT teams who write code for error messages for all the software packagers who supply all the websites, everything would be written consistently in Chicago style. As it is, however, CMOS editors have no such power. And quite honestly? We’re fine with that.

And CMOS dodged another one ....

Q. When referring to a zombie, should I use the relative pronoun who (which would refer to a person) or that (since, technically, the zombie is no longer living)? Essentially, does a zombie cease to become a “person” in the grammatical sense?

A. Let’s assume this is a serious question, in which case you, as the writer, get to decide just how much humanity (if any) and grammatical sense you wish to invest in said zombie. That will guide your choice of who or that.