Publications

  • I have (with a bit of help) just established an absolutely definitive new benchmark in customer abuse. This is how it happened:

  • The Drachen Foundation was the recipient of an exciting gift in late 2000. Fifteen Korean kites, all over 100 years old, made a circuitous journey into the Drachen collection....

  • Jim Hannah (Tottenville, Staten Island, New York): The cover of the American Art Review for last June is worth noting. It’s a painting of the banners and carp flown...

  • "“Among (Mr. Wilson’s) more advanced students...was Thomas Melville, so well known by his mathematical talents, and by those fine specimens of genius which are to be found...

  • Is This the Earliest?

    There is no evidence that natives of the Western Hemisphere knew about kites or kite-flying when Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492. But Columbus...

  • The demise of Kite Lines is the end of an era. For many years, the publication was about the only voice of kiting. It was a window on what was going on worldwide, the only...

  • After 24 years and 50 issues, Kite Lines magazine has ceased publication. Publisher and editor Valerie Govig decided to fold the publication because of steadily declining...

  • That the ancient Polynesians in New Zealand and Easter Island, Tahiti and the Cook Islands, and elsewhere were kite makers and kite fliers is well documented. But of particular...

  • There is no more elegant pastime than kiteflying, nor one of wider adaptation. The sport may be pursued in all weathers except violent storms.

    A kite may be flown from a...

  • I occasionally rant on about those who take the path of least resistance in product development by copying and developing from proven designs rather than blundering about...