A Classicist Farmer: The Life and Times of Victor Davis Hanson

VDH talks about his rich and fascinating family history and the sweeping changes he’s lived through in terms of both the business of farming and its social life.

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7 thoughts on “A Classicist Farmer: The Life and Times of Victor Davis Hanson”

  1. Thomas O'Brien

    Is this a summer rerun?

    If not message I believe the identical broadcast, which was very interesting, was aired on this site on June 15, 2023.

  2. Chip Riedmann

    I am curious to know if the cause of cancer in your family is the BRCA gene mutation. My wife and several family members have it. Angelina Jolie brought more attention to it. It is said to come from the bubonic plague and is is found mostly in Scandinavian and Jewish peoples.

  3. Donald Griffey

    I really enjoyed this podcast. Reminded me of my short lived plum career. I was 16 in 1972 when my Dad, a Msgt in the Air Force was transferred to Mather AFB east of Sacramento. It was July and I walked down the street and got a job picking up plums used for prunes. The next day we start at 6 am filling 5 gallon buckets. Around 1 pm the Mexicans – mostly families-including children leave due to the 100 degree plus heat. I stayed. (We had recently moved from Wheelus AFB in Libya which is very hot so I not bothered by the heat) I was thrilled all these rows of trees were left for just me. There was a fishing rod I wanted, and it would be mine tomorrow. I filled every bucket available and began dumping them into the bins The farmer came out around 6 o’clock to set up the next day and saw this pile of buckets for him to count so he could pay me. 5 cents per bucket. In the 110 degree heat tells me that in 60 years of farming I was the best prune picker they had ever had. He then pays me – writing a check for $10.30. I didn’t go buy the fishing rod and never picked plums again.

    However, I got promoted to Almond knocker – that’s another story and I spent the next 40 years working in Ag.
    I enjoy your Ag stories. People vastly underappreciate all the moving parts/skills that farming entails.
    Don Griffey
    Dixon California

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