Started by NIN, December 12, 2020, 04:31:26 pm
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Quote from: NIN on December 12, 2020, 04:31:26 pmAir University Press has published the PDF of Dr. Frank Blazich's** latest book "An Honorable Place in American Air Power": Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Operations, 1942-1943.A physical print version is forthcoming from AUP, likely in January. When available, the print version will be free to Total Force members.(** also Colonel Frank Blazich, CAP, former National Historian)Having been a proofreader for Dr. Blazich, I can tell you that this book is exceptionally well researched. Edit: The AUP link to the PDF of the book is apparently a slightly older version, the "more complete" version can be found at this link.
Quote from: RiverAux on December 16, 2020, 09:08:38 pmI'm a little sensitive to the appearance that CAP history started and ended with WWII but I am happy to see a well-researched fully referenced history of this small, but important part of our story.
Quote from: RiverAux on December 17, 2020, 09:48:24 pmI didn't say that the title implied a fuller history. My point is that in general CAP disproportionately highlights our WWII history in comparison to everything that has taken place since then. A book like this is certainly needed, but CAP needs to start thinking a little beyond WWII when its history our discussed. That being said, I think things are generally getting somewhat more balanced.
QuoteIf you're so sensitive about it, seems like you have your work cut out for you: "A Comprehensive History of Civil Air Patrol: 1945-2020," perhaps? Tell you what: I'll volunteer to help proofread and edit, just like I did for Dr. Blazich.
Quote from: shuman14 on December 18, 2020, 12:59:22 amMic drop.COL Ninness, exits, stage left.
Quote from: TheSkyHornet on December 18, 2020, 03:57:57 pmThat said, in fairness, CAP has done remarkable work over the decades, and it often goes untold. But I think some of this comes from the fact that, following the coastal patrol era and the end of CAP's war efforts, the organization, while maybe having a few facelifts over the years, has had a fairly consistent mission in how it performs its primary SAR function(s). So I think a lot of people in the organization today don't need to be told about SAR stories because we see it, maybe not all the time, but now and then. To many, there's not a lot new to tell that we don't already know. Maybe we don't have the exact details and accounts, but the gist is there.
Quote from: Eclipse on December 18, 2020, 04:11:05 pmTo a respective member, even mundane SARExs are "remarkable", because they are different then their day-to-day, but when you actually take the time to "finally tell that great story", you realizethat "...well, I got coffee, and then Simpson spilled it all over...that was hilarious...and cadet O'Bagowas late, as usual, and kept screwing up the comm logs, and then Marquez finally found the beacon, but it wasn't the right one, and we tried to hit HF but couldn't get permission for the antenna from the airport...and then we went to dinner at that great Mexican place..."
Quote from: Eclipse on December 18, 2020, 04:11:05 pm....... the idea that the average squadron in Flyover, MD, needs a "history" is mistaken.
Quote from: etodd on December 19, 2020, 12:18:39 amYep. I developed a new website for my squadron a few years ago and was thinking a history page to show what all the squadron had been doing lately would be a great marketing tool. While we are very active, your description above holds a lot of truth. Its hard to write about our activities and make them seem exciting and glamorous.
Quote from: NIN on December 17, 2020, 11:14:17 pmNot being a historian, or an author, I'm not inclined to throw stones at someone who is a historian or author over the subject of their scholarly work.
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