Training Literature Field Unit No. 1Posted: December 24, 2017 Filed under: America Since 1945, photography, the ocean, Wonder Trail 1 Comment
Helytimes began in 2012. Our idea was
- become good at writing for the Internet
- a writer should have a website
- have a space to collect, digest and share items of interest.
We’ve tried to come up with a mission statement or guiding purpose, but the truth is, this is stuff we had to get out of our head.
The healthiest thing to do was share it.
The best way to put it might be a place to share crazy interesting things we’ve come across.
Since then we’ve published over 1,050 posts. We’re just now starting to get good at it, in our opinion.
Here are the twenty-one most popular posts:
The moral here is probably that we should start a local LA news-and-takes site written by other people.
Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot (1974)
Mountaineering Movies on Netflix Instant, Ranked
Cinderella and Interrogation Technique
The Great Debates
Karl Ove Knausgaard
Fascinated by: Ray Dalio
How Big Was Mexico City in 1519?
American Historical Figure Who Reminds Me Of Trump
Losing The War by Lee Sandlin
Conversations With Kennedy
Oil Wells In National Parks
THE WONDER TRAIL
Gay Hobo Slang
Jackie Smoking Pregnant
The story of Cahokia
Ireland should take in two million refugees
Twenty Greatest Australian Artistic Accomplishments of All Time
The White House Pool
One lesson here might be to have more local LA journalism written by other people. Keep meaning to start a whole site for that but I do have a full-time job plus several other projects.
In our opinion the most successful post on Helytimes was
Record Group 80: Series: General Photographic File Of the Department of the Navy, 1943-1958
although it didn’t crack the top 21, just felt like a time where we added something of value to the Internet and readers responded.
It’s about the work of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit, also known as the Training Literature Field Unit No. 1, assembled by the great photographer Edward Steichen.
One thread of Helytimes is attempts to reach into the past and find the sources that give us understanding of the past.
Two personal favorites:
Everything is something.
This has been the annual performance review and address to the Helytimes readership:
That photo taken by one of Steichen’s guys, Wayne Miller:
I’ve loved every minute – keep up the good work you guys at Helytimes! Happy to set up a website for you and other la writers, give me a hoy hoy.
Merry Christmas to all of you intrepid journalists!