Select Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Here are samples of some of the articles I've published on topics as diverse as space, underwater exploration, aviation firsts, mysterious disappearances, record-setting voyages, and unusual inventions in the fields of transportation, medicine, and energy. You can read the article by clicking the "Learn More" button under the respective magazine cover. To learn about the books I've authored click here.

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November 2014

Mystery of the Ghost Blimp: How did the two-man crew of the Navy’s L-8 vanish without a trace in 1942?


March 25, 2013

A Brief History of Book Vending Machines for the Huffington Post.

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April 2017

Last of the Red-Hot Steamers: In 1924, inventor Abner Doble introduced a steam-powered automobile at a time when the Model T with its gas-powered internal combustion engine dominated the market. The amazing thing is, Doble's Model E could travel nearly 1,000 miles on a single, 24 gallon tank of water while emitting zero pollutants surpassing most cars on the road today. 


June/july 2014

Row, Row, Row Your Airship: In 1905, Thomas Baldwin built a remarkable, aerial, row-boat that helped him sail into history.

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March 2014

Non-Stop to Hawaii: When Commander John Rodgers attempted to be the first to fly non-stop to Hawaii in 1925 his plane ran short on fuel. Crashing into the Pacifc, Rodgers and his crew used courage and determination to complete their voyage.

October 3, 2006

October 3, 2006

The New York Times: More than 60 years after the Navy's last, big-rigid dirigible crashed off the California coast, an underwater expedition returns to survey the wreck of the USS Macon (ZRS-5).

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November 2014

Vanished!: In the 75 years since the Hawaii Clipper disappeared, no one has figured out what happened to the flying boat and her crew.

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August 28, 2012

The New York Times: Naval architects design a new class of wind-powered cargo ships.

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September 2013

Man-Carrying Kite: Sam Perkins set many records with his radical new invention, but when he tried selling it to the military, they told him to go fly a kite.


March/April 2013

A Legendary Offshore Danger: Just how much of a hazard are lost shipping containers at sea?


January 2013

Atomic Airships: Nuclear-powered airships seemed like a good idea during the cold war but for a variety of reasons they never got off the ground.

March 11, 2008

March 11, 2008

The New York Times: Record setting, blue water sailor, Kenichi Horie, is set to enter history books again.

San Francisco Chronicle Sunday magazine: Apollo 9 astronaut, Rusty Schweickart, proposes a new method for preventing a catastrophic collision with a near earth asteroid.

February 4, 2007

February 4, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle Sunday magazine: Graham Hawkes has invented a microsubmersible that flys underwater.

May 2008

May 2008

Japan's Top Secret Weapon: During World War II, the Japanese built a fleet of underwater aircraft carriers intended to launch a suprise aerial attack against New York City and Washington, DC as a follow up to Pearl Harbor

July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 World, record-setting pilot, Robert Ragozzino, is building a $2 million scratch replica of the Spirit of St. Louis to recreate Lindbergh's historic flight to Paris in 2019.