Michael C. Dooling

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Michael C. Dooling


Seaworthy Timber: The Life & Times of New England Sea Captain Aaron H. Wood, Based on Journals and Letters by Aaron and Isabel Wood.  The Carrollton Press, 2014.  Biography of Aaron Wood of Swansea, Massachusetts based on his first journal when he went to sea on the clipper ship Monarch of the Sea and letters from his wife when she sailed with him for many years.  Isabel’s letters describe life on a sailing ship in the 19th century and raising a family on board ship.

The Haunting on East 27th.  The Carrollton Press, 2014.  The true story of an investigation into a house haunting in New York City in 1862, based on the personal journal kept by William Channing Russel.  Russel was a Manhattan lawyer who later was a member of the original faculty at Cornell University.

Clueless in New England: The Unsolved Disappearances of Paula Welden, Connie Smith and Katherine Hull.  The Carrollton Press, 2010.  Relates the stories of three women, all seen hitchhiking, who disappeared on roads in western New England.  Two of the cases are the oldest cold cases in Vermont and Connecticut.  This work was used as a case study in the textbook, Cold Case Research: Resources for Unidentified, Missing, and Cold Homicide Cases by Silvia Pettem (CRC Press, 2012), Chapter 10, “Historical and Geographical Context,” pp. 149 -154.

Milford: Lost & Found.  The Carrollton Press, 2009.  Re-discovers Milford historical events that have been forgotten with the passage of time.  Topics include one of the earliest libraries, how Milford received the nickname “Sleepy Hollow,” first organized camping expedition, filming a 1915 silent movie on a Milford beach, the town’s first speed trap, a “pajama parade” gone bad, how Lauralton Hall received its name, early beach modesty laws, Milford Drive-in, history of Boys & Girls Village, and how Milford became a center for manufacturing shaving products.

An Historical Account of Charles Island, Milford, Connecticut.  The Carrollton Press, 2006.  Traces the history of this small island off the coast of Milford that was discovered by Adriaen Block in the 17th century, reputedly used by William Kidd as a burial site for part of his treasure, was home to a 19th century summer resort, provided a tranquil setting for a Dominican Retreat in the 20th century, and is now a bird sanctuary.  Nominated for the Homer D. Babbidge Award for best work on a significant aspect of Connecticut history published in 2006.

The Art & Science of Shaving.  Warner-Lambert Company, 1994.  Corporate handbook and public relations heritage piece tracing the history of shaving and the production of modern shaving systems.  An English edition was distributed in the United States and Europe; a revised & translated edition was issued in Japan.

Magazine and Journal Articles

“From Milford to the Mattatuck,” Milford Living Magazine, Autumn, 2014. Demonstrating that local history isn’t only found locally, this article discusses an exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury about Milford’s Charles Island.

“Connecticut’s Sleepy Hollow,” Connecticut Explored, Fall 2012.  Relates the history of Milford’s 19th century nickname that is rooted in Washington Irving’s real life model for Ichabod Crane.

“Three Generations in the Newspaper Business,” Connecticut Explored, Fall 2010.  Relates the history of Waterbury’s Republican-American newspaper.

“Frederick Stone, Photographer,” in Waterbury: Our Beautiful City, Mattatuck Museum, February 2010.  Brochure and interpretive text for exhibition on early Waterbury photographs and postcards.  Stone was a photographer who documented changes in Waterbury from the 1880s to the 1930s.

"On a First Name Basis," The Sinclair Lewis Society Newsletter.  Normal, IL: Illinois State University, Fall 2005.  Describes the friendship between "Harry" Sinclair Lewis and a lifelong friend from Yale University.  Based on an inscription in a college yearbook and personal correspondence from Lewis in the author’s collection, and his personal diaries located at Yale University.

“Clearing the Smoke: Babbitt’s Curious Inscription,” The Sinclair Lewis Society Newsletter.  Normal, IL: Illinois State University, Fall 2005.  Using Sinclair Lewis’ original manuscript at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, this article traces the development and meaning of a cryptic passage in Babbitt.

“The Thin Iron Line: The Crimean War Transforms Naval Power,” Naval History, June 2004.  Relates how the Crimean War altered armaments and naval architecture through the use of shell guns and armored vessels; based in part on the personal journals of seaman Aaron H. Wood aboard an American clipper ship present at a key bombardment.

“The More Things Change…,” in the Writing Life column, Writer’s Digest, December 1998.  Relates the etiquette of submitting manuscripts to editors drawn from 19th century etiquette books from the author’s collection.

"The Crimean Clippers: American Clipper Ships in French Transport Service," The Log of Mystic Seaport, Spring 1996.  Relates the use of American clipper ships as troop and cargo transports by the French during the Crimean War – based in part on the journals of seaman Aaron H. Wood aboard the Monarch of the Sea out of New York.

"Trial and Error," Reader's Digest, April 1996.  Anecdote about a true jury duty experience.

Newspaper Articles

“Big Wheels.” Republican-American, March 23, 2013 to April 26, 2014.  Weekly column relating to well-known people, their vehicles and driving experiences.  Featured individuals included columnist Heloise, screenwriter John Fusco, Senator Chris Murphy, Olympian and marathoner Rod Dixon, classic car dealer and TV star Wayne Carini, singers and songwriters Al Stewart and Jonathan Edwards, actor Grant Goodeve of Eight is Enough, etc. First place winner of the 2014 Innovator Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

“Oh, What Great Fun It Was,” Sunday Republican, 26 January 2014.  Relates the story of the World’s Greatest Sleigh Party in Waterbury in which nearly 5,500 schoolchildren were given a 3-hour sleigh ride by a local businessman Ralph Blakeslee in 1907.

“A Bucks Hill School History Lesson,” Sunday Republican, 13 October 2013.  Op-Ed piece relating to a move the change the name of Waterbury’s oldest school dating from the 1730s.

“Looking Back on the Blizzard of 1888,” Republican-American, 12 February 2013.  How Waterbury dealt with the Great Blizzard of 1888 and how weather prediction technology has changed.

“The Brass City’s Very Own Flying Fortress,” Sunday Republican, 23 September 2012.  In August 1943, amid home-front shortages, food and gas rationing, and the tragic losses of many of their beloved sons during World War II, the residents of Waterbury rallied to support the war effort by purchasing war bonds — and a B-17 Flying Fortress.

“Salvation in a Tragic Time,” Sunday Republican, 15 April 2012.  When the Titanic sunk, a longtime rector at a church in Waterbury was on the scene to bless the souls and comfort survivors.

“Power of the Press: Waterbury Man Held in Nazi Camp Launched Newspaper for Prisoners,”  Republican-American, 16 September 2011.  Story of Ronald Delaney who founded the Gefangenen Gazette newspaper for POWs in Stalag Luft II prison camp in Germany.

“The Value of a Man,” Republican-American, 23 May 2011.  Tribute to late Connecticut State Trooper Richard Chapman who spent much of his professional and retired life investigating the oldest cold case in Connecticut.

“More than a Meetinghouse: History of City Hall is a Tale of Tragedy, Triumph,” in City Hall: A Symbol of Civic Pride. Bound supplement to the Sunday Republican, 28 November 2010.  Traces the history of Waterbury’s City Hall from its beginnings in Congregational meetinghouses to the recently renovated structure designed by Cass Gilbert.

“House in New Milford Like Movie’s Set,”  Republican-American, 22 February 2010.  Relates the history of the original house used as the basis for Eric Hodgins’ book and film Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House, later re-made as The Money Pit.

Book Review: “Big Truths Abound in Every Little Thing by Tracey O’Shaughnessy,Sunday Republican, 18 October 2009.

“Bathtub Burglar Famous for Clean Getaways,” Republican-American, 31 August 2009.  The story of a burglar who had a penchant for bathing, shaving, and changing his clothing in the houses he burglarized.

“1909 Murder Made for Courtroom Drama,” Republican-American, 27 July 2009.  Relates the story of flamboyant music teacher Sophie Kritchman who was involved in a love triangle and helped murder one of her suitors.

“What’s in a Name?”  Waterbury Republican-American, July to December 2008.  Thirty-six part series relating to the history of the towns in the northwest corner of Connecticut and the origins of their names.

“Never Forgotten” and “Dutch Citizens Take Their Duty Seriously,” Sunday Republican, 25 May 2008.  Story of Maurice Coenen of The Netherlands who adopted the grave of American soldier Robert Doran of Waterbury, Connecticut, buried at the Margraten American Cemetery. Relates the history of the grave adoption program begun by the Dutch immediately after World War II as a token of their appreciation for the sacrifices of American soldiers in liberating their country. Received Honorable Mention from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for Excellence in Journalism.

“Forbes’ Hit Piece was Irresponsible,” Sunday Republican, 6 April 2008.  Opinion-editorial piece written in response to a Forbes article that unfairly “trashed” Waterbury, Connecticut.

“Touch a Life,” The Cutting Edge, October 1996.  Promotional article about the annual United Way campaign conducted at Schick-Wilkinson Sword.

"In Search of 1800s Seaman Aaron Wood," Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 17 November 1995.  Recounts my search for material relating to the life of American sea captain Aaron H. Wood.

“Up Close and Personal with Sensory Evaluation,” The Cutting Edge, August 1995.  Describes the shave testing activities in the Sensory Evaluation Department.

“Mr. Schick Goes to Washington,” The Cutting Edge, April 1995.  The story behind Schick’s antique razor collection and its use in a Smithsonian article.