A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who writes about modern science and technology, and images of science, technology, and history in popular culture. He's the editor of Rowman & Littlefield's "Science Fiction Television" book series, and Web Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Film and History. He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin--Madison, and is the author or editor of 10 books (so far). His physical self resides on the coast of Massachusetts, and his virtual self at www.abvr.net
Hollywood, History, and the Art of the Big Anachronism | 25 Sep 2013 // 10:14 PM
Turkey legs may take the place of hot dogs, but even in the Middle Ages—at least the version of it in films such as A Knight’s Tale—fans still do The Wave.
'Elvis's Army': Training for a War That Never Came | 3 Apr 2017 // 9:15 PM
A masterful look at the US Army between Korea and Vietnam: stumbling into an uncertain future, amid racial integration, endless paperwork, and nuclear-armed jeeps.
The "Good Old Days" of TV Are Happening Right Now | 22 Feb 2017 // 3:30 AM
Why American television is better now than it's ever been -- and the unexpected paths by which it got there.