Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • After dismissing grand plans of travel, warm weather, and raucous New Year's Eve celebrations, I chose to celebrate the first day of 2000 the same way many other kite enthusiasts probably did: by flying kites. We'd had a very mild winter in Colorado, so I decided to drive up to Boulder and fly kites on the top of nearby Bald Mountain. For years, George Peters has invited friends to this scenic spot west of Boulder, to picnic, fly kites, and enjoy nature. He has had all the Colorado winter weather extremes in the last few years: from whiteout snowstorms to bright, sunny, 60-degree days.
  • One of the prizes of my kite collection is an original Steiff Roloplan that came to me because of the great people at the Into the Wind kite store in Boulder, Colorado. They were called a few years ago by a man in Nebraska, who asked if they'd be interested in buying two old box kites, rescued from his attic. Whatever they thought of the offer, they politely referred the man to me.
  • As the premier aeronautics and astronautics repository in the world, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., predictably has a wonderful kite collection. Tom Crouch, chairman of the Department of Aeronautics, surveyed and reported on the holding after assuming his new job a few years ago.
  • Marian Frelicher: "Would you tell us something of your early years?"
  • Sumatra's jungle foliage stayed with us right up to the village of Mutun's narrow, white sand beach.