Category Archives: Willis Autobiography

My Friend Billy

(Note – I saved this for the weekend, when people who might read this would likely be more relaxed. This is not the usual fare for WUWT, but it is something that is revealing, enlightening, entertaining, and educational, while at … Continue reading

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Fishing Bootstrap Style

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, my recent adventures with the stent have put me in a reflective mode, and for some reason, I got to thinking about night fishing. In the late eighties, the gorgeous ex-fiancee and I lived … Continue reading

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Who Is Your Favorite Cardiologist?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, it’s been a most unusual week on my planet. On Tuesday, I went to my doctor about some recurring chest pain I’d been having. He gave me an EKG and a complete physical. He … Continue reading

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Catching My Breath

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I thought I’d write about something a bit different, still about science, but of another kind. When I was sixty-three, I had the curious experience of getting my heart and lungs and all tested to … Continue reading

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It Isn’t A Good Britain, It’s A Great Britain

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After heavy rain during the night, we rolled south from Edinburgh in sporadic showers through the land of the giant bird shredders … I stopped to look at them. I’d not been up close to … Continue reading

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Scots, Scottish, and Scotch

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Edinburgh is not only enough to confuse your average humanoid. It drives the GPS crazy. Why? Because the city exists on two levels, one of which is about fifty feet (fifteen metres) above the other. … Continue reading

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The Wheel Of Fortune

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Due to good fortune and the WUWT readership, we got the chance to not only see the Falkirk Wheel, but to take a ride on it … what a marvelous piece of Scottish engineering. No … Continue reading

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The Romans Be Stylin’

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach As we were driving north today from the Lake District, we passed through the town of Troutbeck, and I was reminded how much of my knowledge of the UK derives from songs and poetry. In … Continue reading

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The Call Of The Running Tide

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I spent the afternoon in the port city of Liverpool, walking the docks. Here’s the view from one point, a panorama running from sunshine on the right and grading into rain on the left, looking … Continue reading

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How You Get There

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Today seemed to be about modes of transportation—cars and boats and trains. We rolled out early to go to Bath, and met up with a quintessential charming publican, Nick Luke, in a village near Bath … Continue reading

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Rolling With The Sarsen Stones

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I woke up this morning in London to a gentle rain, and was reminded of a comment by Mark Twain. When Twain was living in the UK, a couple of his friends from the US … Continue reading

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Going Around In Great Circles

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’m sure many people know this, but a “great circle” is a circle that goes clear around the entire globe, and whose center is at the center of the globe. A “meridian”, on the other … Continue reading

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Get Your Kicks In Stepney

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach. WARNING: This post contains no scientific content of any kind, just a story of our travels.  So we made it to London, a place that up ’til now I’ve only known through family stories, and … Continue reading

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In Which We Kidnap Reagan, And He Wins Anyway!

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After I got out of the Army, I became involved in the anti-war movement as well as the other main causes of the time, women’s rights and racial equality. We’d go out and do street … Continue reading

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I Have It Made In Alaska

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In the fall of 1964 I started college at the University of California at Berkeley, but I hated it. I lasted one year, and as soon as school let out in June of 1965 I … Continue reading

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The Native Sun

After I left Clayton’s place in 1971, following my motto of “Retire Early … And Often”, I retired for a while. It was good fun, but as usual, impending hunger eventually called me out of retirement, and I went looking … Continue reading

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Old Bill Rises From The Dead

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve written about a South Pacific reprobate I called “Old Bill” before in my tale called Modern Piracy. He was a con man of the highest order. As a friend remarked, most con men tell … Continue reading

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Behind Bars Again

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve written about my time in the US Army, and about spending time behind bars getting out of the Army, in my story called It’s Not About Me. In that story, I discussed a bit … Continue reading

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Fishing the Mighty Kenai

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach When I was 62, I had the great pleasure of working once again in Alaska. I love Alaska, I’ve starved and frozen there, worked there many times. I’ve also made good money there, and it’s … Continue reading

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Gold Fever

Guest post by Willis Eschenbach I first met my friend Mel in the Army nuthouse. I wrote about him before, and the nuthouse, in a piece called “It’s Not About Me“. I hadn’t seen him for a couple months. One … Continue reading

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