Thursday, June 14, 2012

Motorcycle Queen Of Miami

Honorary Contrarienne Bessie Stringfield.

During World War II, Bessie worked for the army as a civilian motorcycle dispatch rider. The only woman in her unit, she completed rigorous training maneuvers. She learned how to weave a makeshift bridge from rope and tree limbs to cross swamps, though she never had to do so in the line of duty. With a military crest on the front of her own blue Harley, a "61," she carried documents between domestic bases. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The People's Economist

Elinor Ostrom has died. She was a contrarienne if ever there was one.
She was at first hired by the university, she said, because the political science department needed someone to teach a 7:30 a.m. class.