Author Archives: Jesse

About Jesse

My name is Jesse Blatt. My first name is actually “Ramon,” but I haven’t used that name, except for official purposes, since 1970. I have a high school diploma and a PhD…nothing in between. I’ll get around to explaining that in a post sometime. From time to time I will be posting true stories from my past, though not in any special order. I’ve been fortunate to have had a dozen or so different careers, most of them very satisfying, some fairly frustrating, and none that I wish had never happened. In my many former lives, I have been a mail clerk, radio and TV engineer, radio announcer, electronics engineer, college instructor, psychologist, research consultant, Federal employee, supervisor of research professionals, computer programmer, web designer, instructional designer, construction site handyman, and carpenter, not necessarily in that order.

AN EVOLUTIONARY THEORY OF SOCIAL INTERACTION

In the fall of 1966, my then wife, Carol, and I entered graduate school at the University of Chicago, in the Department of Psychology. Carol was studying Developmental Psychology with Lawrence Kohlberg, and I was to study Comparative and Physiological … Continue reading

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So You Want to be an Engineer

In the mid 1950’s, Northwestern University’s Technological Institute offered me a full tuition scholarship to study Electrical Engineering. At the time, I had no idea what engineering was or what it took to be a competent engineer. All I knew … Continue reading

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Biscuits and Gravy

I read recently that one of the new “in” things to have at wedding receptions is a gravy fountain with biscuits on the side. Really? The article didn’t actually get into the specifics, but I assume that they were talking … Continue reading

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Standing on the Corner

In the summer of 1955 I was between my Junior and Senior years at North High in Wichita, Kansas. I had given up my paper route a few months earlier, in part because I got tired of getting up at … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name? — Part 3

The first time my wife was married, she kept her “maiden” name. It confused her father: he was concerned that his daughter would never be “Mrs. So and So.” When she and I got married nearly 40 years ago, she … Continue reading

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Some ideas about how to live with AR-15 type rifles:

I don’t want to debate the Second Amendment. I don’t want to argue about what the “AR” in the name means – just accept it as a reference to semi-automatic firing rifles, regardless of name or number. I don’t want … Continue reading

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Shame on Senate Democrats

Someone has to say this, so it might as well be me: Senate Democrats should be ashamed of themselves! They are acting like sanctimonious hysterical harridans, not the mature minders of political decorum that the Founding Fathers envisioned for the … Continue reading

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