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:

Do Americans Get Second Chances?

We can’t let September pass by without noting the birthday (September 24th) of one of its greatest contributors. F. Scott Fitzgerald published 69 of his... More

How Heroes are Made

“The embodiment of granted prayer” was how George W. Trendle envisioned the Lone Ranger, created to build an audience for his low-budget, independent radio station... More

Googling the Revolution

One reason we rely so heavily on computers for information is the search-engine company: Google, Inc., which turns 11 years old on September 15th.... More

Pullman Car

September 1 marks the anniversary of the day George Pullman’s sleeper car made its first run on the rail line between Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois.... More

Edward Moore Kennedy: 1932-2009

He was belittled for his family connections, his good looks, his privileged upbringing, and, of course, for several occasions of bad judgment as an adult.... More

The “Juggernaut” Writer

Anyone wanting to know American literature or wanting to be an American writer must read Ray Bradbury. He speaks to a part of the American... More

Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1921-2009

She merited a eulogy all her own. Her lifetime of advocacy for those with special needs—the mentally retarded—earned her a reputation far beyond the coincidental... More

Have You Seen Me?

His rise in New York politics surprised many, but his departure was even more stunning. August 6, 1930, he left friends on the sidewalk outside... More

Truth and the Gunfighters

July 21st, according to American history books, is the anniversary of the first Western gunfight. On this date in 1865, James B. Hickok faced Davis... More

Strategic Hatred

American outrage has run high since September 11, 2001. Al-Qaeda’s vicious attack roused our country to a combative anger, which has had little opportunity to... More

Remember General Motors?

Is it possible that the great General Motors Corporation is fated to join the list of more than 500 failed U.S. auto makers?... More

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