Those famous words were spoken by British climber George Mallory in 1924 when he was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. In August of that year Mallory and his partner Andrew Irvine disappeared on the way to the summit. The large scope of public grief over their demise marked the beginning of Everest's allure and fascination. On May 16, 2002, 54 climbers successfully reached the top of the mountain, a new single day record. Does this record mark the beginning of the end of Everest's mystique and attraction?
Following the Civil War, veterans began gathering at reunions to renew old friendships with those they shared a common bond. The largest of these events made headline news around the world and took place in 1913 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Ron Maxwell, "Giving History a Voice"
Catching up with Ron Maxwell to do this interview was tricky. His schedule was filled with tying up the loose ends of Gods and Generals. In fact, we had postponed this interview so many times that I began to wonder if Ron Maxwell was merely a pseudonym and perhaps that was the real story I should pursue. But fate finally intervened and Ron, stuck in traffic on an L.A. freeway while on his way to a sound studio, was finally all mine.