Fact Checking Update

I made something of a discovery researching my Blackwell’s book, so I have to make sure all my facts are absolutely correct. It involves math and my math is not great, and it took me the whole day yesterday to make sure my conclusions are correct, and I’m still not done. I have to request an offsite material from the New York Public Library to be absolutely sure. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but it’s interesting if you’re into the subject. It would also be very embarrassing if I was wrong, so I’m check check checking away.

That reminds me, I had to contact an pharmaceutical science historian to check something, more to get an opinion and an explanation for something I’d found and she said she’d never heard of what I’d found and she was very excited, which was fun to hear. She was so nice I have to mention her. Her name is Mimi F. Pezzuto and I found her watching the show Who Do You Think You Are? (Love that show.) She was on the episode with Jennifer Grey, whose grandfather was a pharmacist in Brooklyn. But she gave me a brief and extremely informative and fun lecture about pharmacists in the 19th century, it was GREAT. God I love history. She was just so generous with her time and knowledge, and I of course immediately sent her the source for what I’d found. (It was an interesting thing, if you love history.)

Workers working. I just liked the colors and the light.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Fact Checking Update

  1. I love it when you can make a connection like that, with someone kind and generous like that. I have to make the time to read Jonathan Haidt’s ‘The Righteous Mind’ again because I really think there are two sorts of people: the zero-sum kind where they don’t give unless they know they will get something back, and the non-sero-sum kind who give, knowing that there is infinite giving. I don’t know if they also fall into the ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ mind sets but I suspect they do. But I have 7 library books out right now and have to read them first! So many books, so little time.

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