Category: Tracy D. Connors

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

USS Saipan (LHA 2)

  “We do it all!”  (USS Saipan LHA-2 motto) These Log Entries will highlight the USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during the early 1980’s during which this Watch Stander spent many months aboard–from the waters off Norfolk and Little Creek, to New York’s exciting harbor, and to the frigid, but beautiful and strategically important waters of the … Continue reading USS Saipan (LHA 2)

In Dire Straits of Gibraltar

When Navy friends and ship mates get together to relax, invariably the topic gets around to “sea stories.” All of us who have served in the Navy have acquired such stories–funny, surprising, comical, humorous, tragic, poignant–and memorable, always memorable. Sea Stories are as varied as the person reliving them–interesting, exciting, provocative, stimulating, appealing, heartwarming, lively … Continue reading In Dire Straits of Gibraltar

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

Crape Myrtle Miracle

Crape Myrtle Miracle Crape Myrtle Miracle is a multi-part recollection by Dr. Tracy D. Connors. Additions to the story will be published regularly, typically about once a week. Bookmark your browser to make it easy to follow the miraculous, but true, story of how curiosity about where a friend was disappearing to on Monday nights … Continue reading Crape Myrtle Miracle

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