Category Archives: History

How to Behave at an Academic Conference

I recently attended the ADHS 2017 conference. I have attended many conferences over the years and chaired many panels. These are my observations about how to have a successful panel at an academic conference. As chair you have to keep … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Alcohol Task Force

Tuesday I attended a public hearing of the Massachusetts Alcohol Task Force. Deb Goldberg, the State Treasurer, created the task force to look at the laws and regulations governing the alcohol beverage industry. About fifteen people were present and about … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Democratic State Convention

Today I am going to the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. I was elected as an alternate but I will actually be serving as a delegate because some of the elected delegates are not going. In 1992 I went to the … Continue reading

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Colorado Beer

Every day I get alerts from Google about beer. Recently an item about  an event in Texas caught my eye.  A beer store was having a tasting of Colorado beer from Left Hand Brewing.  The notice reminded me that Left … Continue reading

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Are We Rome?

We are currently in a period where macro brewers are buying craft brewers in an attempt to capture some portion of that market. Heineken becoming the sole owner of Lagunitas is a recent example. Heineken is the second largest brewer … Continue reading

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Abortion is Legal but Television Doesn’t Know That

Last Sunday I watched an episode of Madam Secretary, a show on CBS. One of the characters, Daisy, played by Patina Miller, is pregnant. This episode was the first time her pregnancy was mentioned. The character is single  and her … Continue reading

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Amherst Town Meeting

I live in Amherst, Massachusetts. Our form of government is representative Town Meeting with an elected five person select board and a professional town manager. About thirty-five  municipalities in Massachusetts have representative town meeting. Many smaller towns have open Town … Continue reading

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Quarterly Report

Since it is the fourth month of the year I thought I would take stock of my stated goals to tweet at least once a day and to blog at least once a week. Tweeting has been going very well. … Continue reading

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Happy National Beer Day

Today is National Beer Day. It commemorates the day drinking beer became legal after fourteen years of Prohibition. In 2008, on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the event, I wrote the following blog post about Repeal. The post also included information  … Continue reading

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Russian Beer Taxes

This post is in honor of the issue that has been dominating the news cycle for at least a week: Russia  and its role in the presidential election. I don’t know if you can correlate  a decrease in drinking beer … Continue reading

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