About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives and a website editor. He is a specialist in American History, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Eastern Michigan University. He writes our website's weekly Retrospective feature, and is directing the program of digitally converting the magazine's 190 years of issues.

Posts by Jeff Nilsson:

“What a Woman!”

"What a Woman!" That's how reporter George Seldes responded when asked about Dorothy Thompson.... More

The Real Woman of the Year

Dorothy Thompson, according to author John Gunther, was, "The best reporter this generation has seen in any country, and that is not saying nearly enough."... More

The US Air Force Turns 150 Years Old?

Improbable historical fact: The first electronic communication from the earth's atmosphere was transmitted from the deck of the Enterprise to Abraham Lincoln. (Now that was... More

The Moonshining Tradition

A Post reporter believed that the illicit whiskey distiller was disappearing from the American landscape in 1966. He needn’t have worried. ... More

Bob Hope: 50 Years at the Front

From 1941 to 1991, he was Chief Morale Officer for America's armed forces. A 1967 Post article gave a glimpse of the work, and dedication,... More

Bargaining With The Flood

By the time floodwaters are inches from the top of a levee, residents must start making hard choices. But even the decision to move the... More

The World Comes To An End. Again.

Was there ever a planet so destruction-prone as Earth? Prophets have continually announced the imminent end of the world throughout history. But in 1881, it... More

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