John V.


Burlington, VT

Member since:

November 25, 2013


What meaningful topics most interest you?

I'm trained in biology, but my interests range from writing murder mysteries, to investigating a prominent carpetbagger during Reconstruction. Recent readings have included Jacksonian-era history, the Restoration, and climate change.

What days and times work best for you to meetup. Answer this to better insure that meetups are scheduled to fit your needs.

Tuesday, Thursday evenings or Sunday afternoon or evenings.

What places would you best enjoy a nice conversation? Answer this to affect your meetup ambience.

A quiet comfortable place for meaningful conversation.


I'm a retired biology teacher and math/science supervisor. I’m a rural Yankee living in the big city of Burlington amidst a fine group of friends.

What John V. is saying about this Meetup Group

We could have delved more deeply into the history of this topic. It is easy to mix up the changes during the Industrial Revolution with those that accelerated later with the birth of mass production. It is also easy to mix up mass production with capitalism and consumerism. The communists tried unsuccessfully to separate the three. We had fun with the many drawbacks to consumerism and what life might be like without mass production (think squirrels). I turn 70 on Wednesday so I'm likely to defend a planet that allows for longevity. Thanks for the fine discussion. It was fun.

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