Sunday, August 21, 2011

Waiting for Joe (and Pedestrianism)

Been a busy week here in UB. Joe Biden - VPOTUS, doncha know - is visiting tomorrow, so Allyson has been working nonstop. And I've started my new job as the English-language editor at the website news.mn. Oh, and I sold my next book. It will be about pedestrianism, the great competitive-walking craze of the nineteenth century. Did you know that pedestrianism was once the most popular spectator sport in the English-speaking world? You will after you read Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was the World’s Most Popular Pastime. Of course, that won't be until 2013 or so. (Pictured above is Edward Weston, photographed circa 1909. Weston was one of America’s most famous pedestrians. In 1861, he walked from Boston to Washington in ten days. Six years later, Weston collected a $10,000 prize by walking from Portland, Maine to Chicago in 26 days.)