Matthew D. Plunkett

Author, Freelance Copywriter

Location icon United States

Author of "Unsinkable: The History of Boston Whaler." No whales were harmed in the writing of the book.

Quarto Publishing
Unsinkable: The History of Boston Whaler

"Unsinkable" is the history of the Boston Whaler boat company, an iconic and revolutionary brand whose story stretches back sixty years. Complete with engaging interviews and never-before-seen images and drawings, Unsinkable is a must-read for any Boston Whaler fan.
ThinkTwice DrinkTwice

Lead copywriter for ThinkTwice environmental campaign.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency
How to Write 100,000 Words Per Day, Every Day

Most people don't believe me when I tell them I write 100,000 words every day of my life. If I'm being totally honest, 100,000 is probably just a baseline number. Some days I exceed a half million words. It's just what I do. I'm a professional writer.

Konyagi: Tears of the Lion

During my sophomore year of college I enrolled in a course entitled Modern Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the impressive title, the course consisted of one lecture at the University of Nairobi (same colors as Nebraska, minus the football) followed by a two-week safari through parts of Kenya and Tanzania accompanied by two professors and 20 fellow students.

McSweeney's Internet Tendency
Aquaman's Sunday Routine

Aquaman, a founding member of the Super Friends, says it surprises people how much time he spends on land. "Don't let the name fool ya - I'm still human!" His favorite place to walk is the Brooklyn waterfront. "The creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the great urban achievements of the past fifty years."

War on the Rocks
Requiem for a Bootlegger: Logan Billingsley

In The New York Times obituary announcing his death in 1963, Logan Billingsley was remembered as "a real estate developer and an authority on American Indian affairs." The obituary highlighted many of Billingsley's achievements, including his time as the president of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, his founding of the American Indian Hall of Fame, and the various civic councils upon which he sat during his career.

War on the Rocks
Books on Booze: Bourbon Empire

In January of 1891, an actor named Francis Wilson paid an admiring visit to Walt Whitman at his house in Camden, New Jersey. The next day, Wilson sent Whitman a bottle of Old Crow whiskey with a note stating: "I am assured that it is the best of its kind and the very best of anything is not too good for Walt Whitman."

War on the Rocks
From Los Angeles, With Love

A lawsuit filed in 1947 by four Los Angeles residents claimed $10,000 in damages after witnessing a live "lizard or salamander" crawl out of a bottle at a local pub. The plaintiffs alleged this unexpected event caused violent nausea, prolonged insomnia, and recurring visions in which "mules and lizards ...

Wonders & Marvels
How St. Louis Stole the 1904 Olympic Games

By Matthew D. Plunkett (Guest Contributor) "Everything settled. You have Olympic Games." Baron Pierre de Coubertin sent this telegram in February 1903 and awarded the city of St. Louis the right to host the 1904 Olympic Games. Yet nearly two years earlier, in May 1901, Coubertin and the International Olympic Committee voted to award the same Olympic Games to Chicago.

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