Jim Morrison and Undergraduate Pilot Training–Riders on the Storm or Ghost Riders

January 1989 I arrived at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX to report for Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT).  Traditions run deep in pilot training, and one is the designing of the class patch.  I have always enjoyed doodling so I volunteered to draft the patch—another tradition or superstition is the officer that designs the patch usually …

“The House of the Rising Sun” recorded in 1934….really?

Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of "The House of the Rising Sun" is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as the Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans …

Empire, Leadership Development, Innovation, Creativity, Warfare and DeMarco Banter

Empire, leadership development, innovation, creativity, and warfare. Maybe I worry about it too much, but when we look at the history of the world it seems the decline of empire is usually due to a decline in leadership and leadership development. Perhaps a decline in the strong advocacy of stellar leadership and bold ideas and …

Leadership and the Philosopher: A neo-DeMarconian Thought

“For I believe a good king is from the outset and by necessity a philosopher, and the philosopher is from the outset a kingly person.” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 8.33.32–34 Should a leader be a philosopher? According to Plato, a philosopher king is a leader who possesses both a love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a …