Proofreaders Wanted...

Once upon a time, I wrote a supplement for a WW II era superhero campaign for a now nearly defunct game (you can find the complete document here).

I am in the process of revising it, though to tell the truth, it may be quite a while before I get around to updating the on-line version. I do have a few specific questions, however.

Okay, it was written quite a while back. “Surfing the net” isn’t very uncommon nowadays. Ham radio was, however, cutting-edge technology for the day, and only the creme de la geeks participated in this hobby to any extent. What modern-day activity can I compare this to?

When I wrote the above, I believed it to be true, but I can not now find any verification for the above claims. Can anyone recommend a site where I can find out the facts?

The Geo Metro reference is at least 10 years out of date. What tiny car (available in the U.S.) is about the same size as one o’ dem?

Once again, I am uncertain of my sources. How long did it take to cross the country by train? Judging by my most recent experience with Amtrack, anything less than an eternity is an improvement. :smiley:

Anyone interested in assuring accuracy in the revised document please respond and cite your source(s)! Most of the original document was dredged up from memory and my only reference book was “World War II Superfacts”, a book which has since disintegrated to dust and no longer resides in my library. Anyone who wants to suggest additional references please share them (on-line resources are preferred – it’s 17 miles to the nearest library!)

Thanks an indeterminately large number (in advance, of course)!


What about people who build their own computers from parts they buy online, or in the store? I believe that this is not a terribly difficult thing to do, but it is still relatively uncommon, and requires a level of interest and commitment that most regular computers users probably don’t have.

Try this Duke University Library website. The Duke library has a whole bunch of really cool online stuff related to media history, including thousands of old print advertisements.

Also, try these pages: 1 2

And this.

Having done a fair bit of reading in media history, i can also tell you that the scholarly books in the field support your point about television. I know you’re not near a library, but some good books include:

Smith, Anthony, ed., Television: An International History, Second Ed. (Oxford: OUP, 1998).

Spigel, Lynn, Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America (Chicago, 1992).

Tichi, Cecelia, Electronic Hearth: Creating an American Television Culture (New York, 1991).

By the way, in Australia, where i grew up, television didn’t enter people’s homes until 1956, when the main moitivation was the fact that Melbourne was going to host the Olympic games.

I guess a Toyota Prius might fit the bill.

I think you’re pretty much right about the train thing.