Dan Wolfe: Historian
From the FilmLadd – Dan Wolfe interview –
I found this exchange interesting:
Filmladd (4:45:20 PM): Define collectivism.
danwolfe7676 (4:45:35 PM): I dont understand?
Filmladd (4:45:53 PM): What does collectivism mean to you?
Filmladd (4:46:01 PM): As a political philosophy.
danwolfe7676 (4:46:25 PM): Are you serious? did I say I was a political science major?
danwolfe7676 (4:46:28 PM): Wow deep end .
Filmladd (4:46:34 PM): Okay, moving on.
danwolfe7676 (4:46:44 PM): This is what I mean
danwolfe7676 (4:46:48 PM): That question was nuts.
hmm. So a presumed tea-partier doesn’t understand the concept of collectivism? Kinda hard to swallow.
and there was this:
danwolfe7676 (4:58:52 PM): You are throwing these at me too fast
danwolfe7676 (4:58:56 PM): I need time to answer
Filmladd (4:58:59 PM): Sorry.
danwolfe7676 (4:59:02 PM): Slow typer
danwolfe7676 (4:59:16 PM): I didn’t grow up with computers ike you guys
Poor Dan. Just a simple regular guy from humble beginnings who can barely type. He can’t even spell very well:
danwolfe7676 (7:23:49 PM): Tryign to help against my better judgement
But wait! What’s this? Dan redeems himself with his historical knowledge:
Filmladd (7:17:26 PM): Who’s your favorite founding father? It sounds like a softball, but I don’t think it is.
danwolfe7676 (7:18:22 PM): Franklin.
Filmladd (7:19:06 PM): You do know that Franklin and his son were on opposite sides of the Revolutionary war?
danwolfe7676 (7:19:39 PM): Yes William ,right?
Filmladd (7:19:41 PM): Let me ask you: do you think Franklin chose to be on the opposite side?
danwolfe7676 (7:19:47 PM): his son William
Filmladd (7:20:08 PM): Or do you think he decided to shrug, demand his privacy, and go back to printing Little Richard’s Almanacs?
danwolfe7676 (7:20:28 PM): Yeah thanks for the compliment but I don’t think this is anywhere near that
danwolfe7676 (7:20:43 PM): And he didn’t have a group of vultures waiting to pick at his body
danwolfe7676 (7:20:47 PM): like you are all with me
Filmladd (7:21:01 PM): No, he just had an entire British army wanting to hang him.
danwolfe7676 (7:21:37 PM): Well, I’m obiously not his character otherwise I would have founded a country by now
danwolfe7676 (7:21:46 PM): I’m not worthy I mean
Now I was REALLY impressed with this because I happen to have a major in history (US concentration); I took a ton of history classes at one of the finest schools in the nation (and did pretty well in them), and I had NO IDEA who Ben Franklin’s son was or his significance in American history, and I would have been unable to banter with Ladd on this topic.
Well, I figured if this simple, formerly under-privileged, regular guy Dan Wolfe who can’t even spell, knows about this piece of history, I had better catch up but quick (I mean, I even grew up with computers). But how?
Fortunately, our friend Ken Danieli comes to the rescue with his recommendation and review of
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:
Ken declares Franklin “an amazing character” and gives the bio 4 stars.
Sounds like it is well worth a look.