While pondering what I would write in my very first blog post, I came across this very interesting quote. Truer words have never been spoken. It seems like everyone longs for the “good old days.” Whether the “good old days” means last week, last year, or hundreds of years ago are completely up to the individual. Time has a way of hallowing events, as the ability to create nostalgia is in every human being. For me, the love affair with history has been a long one. Raised by a father who has an unparalleled knowledge of sports trivia, I learned at an early age how to pick up on important names, dates and events. With a firm foundation in sports, my passion for history increased as I gained more and more schooling. The American Revolution, Greek mythology, and Biblical history were all subjects I became quickly interested in. I was somewhat ridiculed in elementary school (although not too harshly) because I used to spend my free time reading the encyclopedia. As a red-blooded, meat-eating American, military history always used to peak my interests. As I progressed in school, I was introduced to new and more exciting historical peoples and events. I became very interested in medieval times, and was fascinated by the unique culture of the Egyptians. This education continued in high school, where I first had the thought of a potential career in history. The class was World History, and it was in this class that I first delved into the depths of ancient history. Great cultures like the Sumerians,
the Medes and the Persians,
and the Ottomans
were all extremely captivating. My hunger for knowledge was insatiable, and it only kept growing.
My very first college history course was U.S. History After 1877. I was amazed at how much more excited I was about learning than I had been just months before. If I had any doubts about my switch, they were all swept away by my sophomore year and Civ. Western Civilization is a required course at
If there is an opposite of ADD, I’m fairly certain I have it. When I get on something, whether it is a TV show, or a sports team, or a subject in history, it has my full attention. Such is the case with my latest obsession, the Civil War. I was enrolled this past spring in “Civil War and Reconstruction.” I enjoyed the class a great deal, and was very intrigued to go into more depth than time allowed us to in class. Having already decided I was going to live in
The objective of this blog is to share my love of history (and sports) and hopefully to stimulate the thoughts of my readers into creating a passion for the past (or increasing an already present passion). Hopefully my readers will come to realize the history is actually better than fiction. I heard that recently in an episode of Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (which I recommend, although you should be prepared for a William Shatner-esque speaking style) and could not agree more with it. How can you top some of history’s greatest events? It is impossible. From the pyramids to
Don’t worry, if history isn’t your thing I will also be doing a lot of writing on sports, the other main passion of my life. Feel free to suggest any topics you would like me to write about and I’ll see what I can do.