I am Ed Darrell.‘s Bathtub is my weblog.
You may contact me by e-mail at edarrell-AT-sbcglobal-DOT-net.
If you are reading this in Microsoft Internet Explorer, all the sidebar stuff has [perhaps still] fallen to the bottom of the page. I do not know what reinforcer failed, to let it fall so low, but it’s on Microsoft’s end, and it’s the software — I can’t do anything about it at this end. I’m sorry. I use FireFox to avoid such problems.
Of all the bathtubs in all the bathrooms in the world, and I had to pick Millard Fillmore’s!
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub started as my way of learning about making blogs work, for my hope to integrate blog usage into the classroom.
This blog focuses on history education, with meanders into all of the social studies: Economics, history, geography, law, political science, and government (have I left something unmentioned? It’s in there). Debunking false, bad, bogus and voodoo history occupied me from at least junior high school; the story of Millard Fillmore’s bathtub, the hoax perpetrated by H. L. Mencken and the inability of historians to straighten out the issue in 90 years, seemed a good jumping off point.
My hope is to help students, their learning partners (especially parents), teachers and administrators make history sing for the students — and other social studies, too.
My experience is broad — political campaigns, legislative staffing, executive agencies, law, private business (airline, wireless telephones, logistics and other management consulting), and education (college, graduate school, secondary). You can learn a bit more about me here, at my testimony to the Texas State Board of Education back in 2003. I’m older now. Or, if you must be pedantic about it, there’s a more complete, third-person profile below the fold.
Please provide comments: What helps you? What sources do you know about that I don’t list, but should?
What do you know about Millard Fillmore’s bathtub that I don’t?
By the way, who did put the first bathtub in the White House, if not Millard Fillmore? Technically, it was John Adams. But if you mean, the first plumbed bathtub, with running water, there are two later presidents — read the answers here.
[Well, yes, I do find it irritating that people keep calling me “Tim Pagonos” or “Tim Panogos.” It’s rather an insult to a beautiful work of rock, don’t you think? Update December 13, 2013: And yet, the foolishness continues. ]
Nota bene: Opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of any of my employers, nor official views of any organization to which I belong, though they would be, if those employers and organizations were thinking well.
Profile used in classroom blogs:
Mr. Darrell comes to high school education late, with a wealth of experience in government at the federal, state and local levels, and rather deep experience in working in and consulting for large corporations in legal matters, management and travel. He spent his childhood and youth in small towns in Idaho and Utah. Mr. Darrell holds a B.S. in Mass Communication from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City; he worked his way through college in air pollution research. He holds a J.D. with emphasis in environmental protection and land development from the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Darrell also did graduate work in rhetoric and speech communication at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where he taught Business and Professional Communication and coached with the award-winning debate team.
Mr. Darrell’s work experience includes years with the U.S. Senate Staff, where he worked for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and held positions on Judiciary Committee and Labor and Human Resources Committee staff (now Health, Education, Labor and Pensions). He directed the creation of the first Senate committee press operation, at Labor and Human Resources after 1981. Legislatively, Mr. Darrell carried some water in the old Sagebrush Rebellion, and was fortunate to work with Dr. Ron Preston in the years-long effort to establish firm science foundations for any plan to compensate Utah’s downwind victims of radioactive fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons tests at the Nevada Test Site, taking the issue to a first-ever vote on the Senate floor (a losing vote, sadly; successors got the bill passed into law in 1990). In the executive branch, Mr. Darrell was public affairs director for the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors, chaired by then-Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander, and Director of Information Services for the Department of Education at the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), which made him the publisher of education research for the Department. In private business, Mr. Darrell served as real estate counsel for AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines, manager in the Transportation Group in the national consulting practice at Ernst & Young, LLP, and as a due diligence coordinator for PrimeCo PCS, and then Real Estate Manager after PrimeCo was absorbed into the partnership operating as Verizon Wireless. He also maintained a solo law practice, and consulting practice.
In addition to federal government positions, Mr. Darrell served on the Utah Wilderness Commission in the 1970s, and the Beltwoods Management Commission in Maryland, in the 1980s. He served on the Duncanville, Texas, Sign Board, and Planning and Zoning Commission. He was active in student government in high school and college, and was a member of the Faculty Senates at the University of Utah and the University of Arizona. He has been active in PTAs at elementary, middle, and high schools. He remains an active Scouter, now in the Wisdom Trail District of Circle 10 Council, BSA, as membership committee chairman. Mr. Darrell was awarded the Silver Beaver in 2009. Mr. Darrell and his wife, Kathryn, have two sons, one graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, and one graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. They reside in Dallas with their short-nose Italian greyhound Brownie, border doxieterrier Gracie Peanut, and cat Xena (Cat Luna Lovegood passed, and Cap’n. Jack Sparrow once deployed to New York City, now resides in San Antonio); and feral friends Kliban and Shadow (plus the occasional raccoon and oppossum).
In Texas, Mr. Darrell has taught business ethics and business law at local universities. He is certified to teach grades 8-12 in social studies, and has taught economics, U.S. history, world history, street law, and psychology, in addition to college courses noted earlier.