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

  • As the Drachen Foundation steadily adds to its kite files from around the world, it has had to find researchers to do some of its most vital work. Enter Ed Milligan-"Uncle Ed" to all-who works out of Washington, D.C., a mother lode of valuable, obscure, often difficult to unearth information.
  • At age 79, Ibsen Nelsen's Drachen Foundation headquarters, now under construction, may well be his last architectural design. He is pleased to note it continues the creative tradition he has established in his 57 years as a practicing architect in Seattle: "It's a nice little building in a nice little neighborhood. With its courtyard in front, it is part of the continuity of the street-distinctive but fitting in nicely with the neighborhood."
  • The most famous single kite flight in history is unquestionably Ben Franklin's successful attempt to draw lightning from a cloud. Firm and fixed in legend, the episode turns out to be dim and mystifying in fact. A voluminous writer all his life, Franklin himself never wrote the story of the most dramatic of all his own experiments. All that is known about what he did on that famous day in Philadelphia, of no known date, comes from an account by Joseph Priestley, published 15 years later.
  • In its final manifestation last year, the annual Junction, Texas, kite weekend produced yet another surprise-a kite wizard from one of the world's more obscure countries, Afghanistan. Basir Beria, born in 1961 in the capital, Kabul, and now resident as a refugee in Tarzana, California, after doing a prison term as a teenager for demonstrating anti-Russian sentiment in his home country, showed off the kite tradition of Afghanistan to a fascinated audience.
  • The BBC at Broadcasting House, Portland Place, Oxford Circus in London has opened a semi-permanent installation called "The BBC Experience." It begins with the dawn of radio and covers the succeeding 75 years to the interactive present, that is to say, directing a segment of a sitcom, doing sports commentary, creating sound effects.