Category: Tracy D. Connors

Commentary and perspective by Tracy Connors on current topics and issues.

Return of the Thesis

As it turned out, Charles Brockden Brown was in my closet… Groan.  How boring–digging through dusty boxes of who knows what reference and research materials that went back many years. Still, I knew it had to be done before I “threw the baggage out,” to channel Rex Harrison’s line from My Fair Lady. A tattered … Continue reading Return of the Thesis

Water, Water Everywhere: Just a “Typical” Gator Homecoming in the Sixties

Just A Typical Gator Homecoming? Water, Water (balloons) Everywhere!   I would have to call it a form of temporary insanity that gripped the 60 or so residents of Georgia Seagle Hall as we feverously prepared for Homecoming 1960.  The normally studious, well-behaved, Seagle do-gooders were preparing a racy display to cover the front of … Continue reading Water, Water Everywhere: Just a “Typical” Gator Homecoming in the Sixties

It’s Still a Grand Old Flag

-North Jacksonville 48-star School Classroom Flag Honored- Remarks by Dr. Tracy D. Connors, CAPT USN (Ret) during opening ceremonies for 60th Reunion of the Andrew Jackson High School Class of 1956 on May 21, 2016. Tonight we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the class of 1956 finally escaping from Andrew Jackson Senior High school. Before … Continue reading It’s Still a Grand Old Flag

Rejecting Rejection: being thrown back to the future

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back, and, instead of bleeding, he sings. —Robert Benchley On that note, this recollection might be considered an aria, or at least a simple arpeggio sharing some thoughts and perspective on a topic we all probably know a great deal about – rejection. An email I … Continue reading Rejecting Rejection: being thrown back to the future

Mice That Roar and the journey to the Ph.D.

Mice That Roar and the journey to the Ph.D. A Vietnamese proverb about a mouse sticking his head in the mouth of a large carnivore, at first consideration, may seem a strange way to envision the road to PhD. “…the mouse does not know life until it has been into the mouth of the cat.” … Continue reading Mice That Roar and the journey to the Ph.D.

U.S. Navy and back to the future Star Power

Flash: the U.S. Navy plans return to teaching celestial navigation. In my view, this is one of the smarter moves the Navy is making to ensure its ability to safely navigate no matter what and no matter where. In the early 1960s, at OCS, we learned the basics of both piloting and celestial navigation in … Continue reading U.S. Navy and back to the future Star Power

Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

From the Main Gate at NAS Jacksonville to Moussorgsky’s “Gates of Kiev” Just before I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1957, I had been offered an appointment to Annapolis by Congressman Charles E. Bennett, but a physical was required. When the Navy Corpsman told me that Annapolis required at least 20/100 correctable to … Continue reading Jacksonville University Vision: to provide the means and the mentors where we could fulfill our dreams

Soot, as a weapon? Recalling the Mediterranean Cold War in the Sixties

When the Cuban Missile Crisis blew up (bad choice of words?) in October 1962, the ROOSEVELT (CVA 42) had just left NS Mayport for its umpteenth Med deployment. The newly married JO’s (junior officers) would gather on the fan tail to watch the wake that pointed towards the brides they had left.  Misty eyes were … Continue reading Soot, as a weapon? Recalling the Mediterranean Cold War in the Sixties