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Landon Jones
Landon Jones is an author and magazine editor. He was the editor of People magazine from 1989-1997 and the editor of Money from 1984-1989. His books include William Clark and the Shaping of the West (Hill and Wang, 2004) and The Essential Lewis and Clark (Ecco Harper Collins, 2000). His book, Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation (Coward McCann, 1980), coined the phrase "baby boomer" and was nominated for the American Book Award in Nonfiction. You can learn more about him at

Entries by Landon Jones

How Bill Veeck Invented the Baltimore Orioles

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:48 PM

-- Bill Veeck and Satchel Paige in the Browns clubhouse. Photo (c) Time-Life Picture Collection.

When the Baltimore Orioles begin playing for the American League Championship series tonight, on the line will be not only their reputation but that of...

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The Tea Party Rattles the Cups in Montana

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:42 PM

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is...

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The Real Hunger Games

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:36 AM

Here is one way to think about where our country is going in 2013: while one percent of the U.S. population is taking home 22 percent of the national income, Congress has passed legislation to eliminate food aid for 4 million poor Americans. Why? Because poverty is regarded as a...

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Why Were the Granite Mountain Hotshots at Risk?

(14) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:08 AM

In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew in the Yarnell Fire near Prescott, Ariz., the most difficult question to answer may be this one: Why did it happen at all?

There is no questioning their courage, or of their degree of...

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On the Road With Humbert and Lolita, 60 Years Later

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 4:56 PM

When we last heard from the notorious pedophile Humbert Humbert, he had died in custody in 1952 while awaiting trial for the murder of Clare Quilty and the debauchery of a prepubescent girl, Dolores Haze, better known as Lolita.

Today we remember Lolita for its then-shocking subject and the...

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The Most Memorable Play Stan Musial Never Made

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 1:36 PM

For any kid who grew up in St. Louis in the 1950s, the one question that was never far out of mind was not whether or not you would ever meet the great Stan Musial -- you knew that moment would come, since he was immortal. But rather the question...

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Millie and Me

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2012 | 1:04 PM

Three weeks ago, on August 28, a fire detection specialist named Steve Christman was riding shotgun in a lightweight Cessna 182 flying over the Gallatin National Forest in Southwest Montana. Below him was some of the most rugged terrain in the Northern Rockies -- the Gallatin Crest, a rocky, heavily...

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A Streetcar to Remember

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 12:24 PM

A full week has gone by since I saw the premiere of Emily Mann's new production of A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway, and I can't get it out of my mind. This haunting, bravura revisiting of the Tennessee Williams classic has all the right things going for it --...

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The New Madrid Earthquake: 200 Years Later

(6) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 10:53 PM

If you think this week's East Coast tremblor was disconcerting, consider that this is the 200th anniversary of the Mother of All American Earthquakes.

About 2 a.m. in the early morning of December 16, 1811, the young painter John James Audubon was riding across the Big Barrens, a large...

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How Betty Ford Invented the Age of Celebrity

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2011 | 5:02 PM

Did you ever wonder when the age of celebrity began? That is, when was the moment when celebrities became not merely people famous for being famous but rather an entirely different species -- single individuals who embodied the entire zeitgeist, capturing and distilling everything about our times, making their private...

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Girl of the Golden West

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2008 | 10:58 PM

"I'd have a beer with her ... or I'd go to church with her."
-- Minneapolis construction salesman Bill Dupont discussing Sarah Palin in the Sept. 3 Wall Street Journal

Here is one way to think about Sarah Palin: she combines all three of our culture's most enduring...

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The Vanishing of the Honeybees

(9) Comments | Posted April 23, 2007 | 5:36 PM

The ominous news that honeybee populations are collapsing precipitously around the country ought to alarm more of us than almond and apple growers. Scientists in search of the culpable parties have blamed, at various times, pesticides, herbicides, virulent viruses, loss of habitat, and cell-phone radiation. There is one group,...

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Celebrities in the Attic

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2007 | 11:26 PM

After the Don Imus imbroglio, one question left hanging in the air, like so much burning cordite, has less to do with race and public speech than with the role celebrities play in our national subconscious. Are celebrities like Imus becoming the crazy aunts in our national attic -...

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Why the Draft is Coming through the Back Door?

(52) Comments | Posted April 13, 2007 | 6:01 PM

Now that the Pentagon has again extended the service of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan -- this time by three months -- the question is, when will this water torture of our troops, especially National Guardsmen and reservists, finally send antiwar protesters into our streets in significant numbers...

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