About this blog

Original purpose:

As many (if not all) of you readers know, I just moved to Berkeley, CA to start a new job at U.C. Berkeley. First day is tomorrow, Feb. 4th. This blog will be more about my adventures on the West Coast than it will be about the job, which is a one-year grant-funded gig at the Bancroft Library.

You might be wondering about the blog’s title: Them Western Skies. As with much of my life, it’s from a song – two songs, actually. In The Animals’ The Story of Bo Diddley, the lines are:

“So he pulled his hat down over his eyes
Headed on out for them Western Skies
I think Bob Dylan said that”

Following that lead, the Dylan song the lines come from is Talking New York:

“So one mornin’ when the sun was warm,
I rambled out of New York town.
Pulled my cap down over my eyes
And headed out for the western skies.
So long, New York.”

And that’s pretty much what I did.

Updated purpose:

Continuing the theme of my adventures, only now I’m in Cleveland, OH working for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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