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

  • At age 95, with his remarkable mental and physical faculties largely intact, Ed Grauel of Rochester has died of a heart condition. A national treasure of American kiting, Grauel spent 40 years in retirement researching, designing, building, flying, collecting, exhibiting, lecturing, and writing about kites.
  • A calm evening, not even a car anywhere, clouds sailing high up in the sky. Sun shining on the melting stretches of ice. There is just me and my kite gliding from one cloudy pillow to the next. The soil is warm. The sun shines kindly on me. I am just lazily lying on the ground. And up in the blue there is the happy little kite.
  • Two intrepid Belgian explorers conclusively proved the worth of kites while transiting the White Continent, Antarctica. Their 99-day trek is documented in a fine new book titled In the Teeth of the Wind: South to the Pole published in England by Bluntisham Books (bluntisham.books@btinternet.com). At $45 postpaid, the hardback is good value not only because of the crackling text but also its superior photographs, 54 of them.
  • If you want to protect your new idea for a kite or a kite accessory, should you apply for a patent, trademark, copyright, none of these, or all of them? A patent protects the basic idea embodied in the new creation, a trademark protects the name of the product, and a copyright protects the words and style used in presenting the idea.
  • A former Dutch astronaut with the euphonious name of Wubbo J. Ockels has come up with an unusual, even unlikely, wind energy invention. Best described as a looped kite “ladder” in the sky, Dr. Ockels’ inspiration is to use the stiff breezes at high altitudes as an energy source.