Category: Up in the Air

Movie Night: An American Tragedy

“Basically, amoral social climber from poor background seduces poor factory girl, gets her pregnant, wants to marry a rich socialite and so kills poor factory girl by smashing her in the head with his tennis racket and dumping her body in a lake, fakes a canoe accident, trips self up by being basically an idiot, dies in electric chair after mercy is refused by Governor Charles Evans Hughes.”

World War II After World War II | Kuroshio sub

World War II After World War II

“There are obviously many websites on WWII weapons, and many on post-war weapons, but I have always been fascinated with WWII weapons being used after the war.”

Every Building in America, Mapped by the New York Times

Every Building

“On this page you will find maps showing almost every building in the United States. Why did we make such a thing? We did it as an opportunity for you to connect with the country’s cities and explore them in detail.”

Cramped | Photo by Gerrie van der Walt on Unsplash

Squeezed to Death

“On every airline flight, a crew member talks to passengers in the exit rows to see whether they can, as Federal Aviation Administration regulations specify, “pass expeditiously through the emergency exit” if needed. Given how passengers have grown in inverse proportion to the spaciousness of airliner seats, anything like “expeditious” evacuation of an entire airliner seems doubtful.”

Remembering the Past

Remembering Bill Schock on his 100th birthday … and the 52nd anniversary of Braniff 250 in Falls City. Also …

Warm Summer Night

Terrible quality, but is there anything better than a warm summer night playing in – er, rather sitting near the

Photo of Bill Schock

For Bill

Back in 2014, I included a chapter in my book detailing Bill Schock’s war experiences as they related to his reporting on the crash of Braniff International flight 250 in 1966.

B-17 bomber in blue sky background

More Grief

This is kind of like how I feel about my (possibly four) upcoming surgeries: I don’t want to do this,

BA223 Arrives

Welcome to KBNA, 787-8 BA223, arriving on 20R after an 8 hour, 56 minute flight from LHR. British Airways began

Snow at Hermitage Station

Hard to tell in this pic, but it’s snowing to beat the band in Music City. Thoughts and prayers to

Ice Lights

We got snow over ice … at least on our patio lights. Don’t want to know about the streets. Posted

Snow in Dixie

Snowing to beat the band in Music City and they’re as panicked as if General George Thomas and his Yankees

Image of a plane crashing

Shuttling Between Failures

The story is sordid and long, but the details were made clear by Matt Viser’s excellent Globe piece. To wit: Lorenzo sold the Donald the Eastern Shuttle for an overvalued $365 million (if DT had created a brand-new shuttle from the ground up with brand-new planes, not old worn-out 727s, estimates were that he could have done it for $300 million.) Of course, the money was all borrowed. It was 1989; Eastern (and Continental) were already almost dead from Lorenzo’s sledgehammer and the economy was tanking. Pan Am 103 was bombed, the first Gulf War was about to begin. It was incredibly bad judgement to overpay a bunch of other peoples’ money for something that was guaranteed to tank.

Hello Autumn!

Hello Autumn. Nice to see you finally show up. But could we have something between 90 degrees yesterday and 67

Braniff 250 Book Housecleaning

Just some housekeeping: For those of you I met in Falls City, I'm posting this link in case I've missed

Books Arrived

The wonderful folks at McFarland did a special rush printing for me and as soon as I get them signed

Books Arriving Soon

Just a note to any of your wonderful Falls City people who were so gracious to order the book, it's

Almost Home

I knew I was close to home when I encountered a truck carrying Brad Paisley's "Life Amplified" Tour headed for

Tennessee River Rolling On

The Tennessee River flowing out of Kentucky Lake and dam rolling on to its meeting place with the Ohio. That

MLK Bridge Structure

Structure of the MLK Bridge. Posted by Steve Pollock on Monday, August 8, 2016

Aw Shucks

<Aw shucks, blow my own horn time> I greatly appreciate all the orders for the book. If anyone else wants

Seeing Things

Frank didn't tell me he's running for governor of Missouri. I might be like Bill Clinton, First Gentleman of Missouri!

Pokemon Going

I found four Pokemons. What'll I get for 'em? They're not Pokemons? No? Shoot. Posted by Steve Pollock on Sunday, August

Choo Choo

Finally, some excitement! A train! (US 36 in northern Missouri is great and immensely less stressful thab the hellish I70

Incredible Day

So this happened: An amazing, wonderful, unique, bittersweet, laughter through tears, hugs and finely developed senses… Posted by Steve Pollock

Falls City, 50 Years On

Two awesome pieces in the Lincoln, NE, Journal Star by Peter Salter explain why I'm in this neck of the


Illinois! Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, August 4, 2016


Kentucky! Posted by Steve Pollock on Thursday, August 4, 2016

Off I Go

Off I go! Road trip to Falls City, NE, to speak in honor of victims of Braniff flight 250, crashed

Trees, Part Deaux

Trees, Part Deaux (cont'd) … but it fell onto the neighbors' yard, barely missing their porch and stuff. Its carcass…

Trees, Part Une

Trees, Part Une: "I think that I shall never see "A nasty devil like a tree. "They always fall over

The Displeasure of Hounds

Posted by Steve Pollock on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Chilly Early Sunset

Beautiful but chilly early spring sunset in Donelson/Hermitage tonight. Posted by Steve Pollock on Friday, April 8, 2016

In Flight

We figured out how #TheGoose got his name: On the left is the white marking on his back near his

Sleepy Easter

On a rainy, cool, early Spring, Easter Sunday afternoon, the absolute best thing to do is to #BeLikeTheGoose and sleep.


Is it Cookeville? … YES! … but why?! Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, March 26, 2016


Is it Baxter? Noooooo … Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, March 26, 2016


Is it Smithville? McMinnville throughthat very dirty windshield? Nooooooo … Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, March 26, 2016


Is it Carthage? Nooooooooo … Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, March 26, 2016


Is it Lebanon? Nooooooo … Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, March 26, 2016


Is it Gallatin? Nooooooo … Posted by Steve Pollock on Saturday, March 26, 2016

Surprise Road Trip

Us? On a road trip? On a Saturday morning?! Now what's up with this? <Shhhhhh! It's a surprise! His Majesty

Hello Nashville!

Hello Nashville! It's so very good to see you again! After a DQ bacon cheeseburger, it was lights out in

We Are Minnesota.

Coats? Coats?! 20 degrees outside and snowing, eh? We don't need no stinkin' coats. We. Are. MINNESOTA!!(Two movie references there,

Remembering Braniff Flight 250, 47 Years Ago Today

Taking time today to remember a tragic moment: 47 years ago today: Braniff International flight 250 crashed on Tony and

WN345 Nose Gear Collapse at KLGA

“WN737-700 N753SW, operating as Southwest 345 from Nashville (KBNA) experiences nose gear collapse on arrival at KLGA.” …

San Francisco International Airport, the TV Series

Apparently « this » was a thing … would love to see all of it!

East Bound and Down

One week from tonight, we will have begun our journey out of California … for the third, and hopefully last,


This pic pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the weather this week. It actually got hotter