Welcome to History 101!

Did you know that Abe Lincoln was a great wrestler?

Did you know that Edith Wilson essentially performed the duties of the president while her husband Woodrow was ill?

Did you know that the Great Wall of China mixed sticky rice in with its mortar?

Neither did we! But we love learning about these facts and bringing them up with our friends every chance we get. Here at History 101, we couldn’t figure out why history is so often presented in such a dry, boring way. After all, it’s the greatest story of all time! We intend to put the story back in history by presenting it in a conversational and relevant way.

Our goal is to entertain readers, but also to provide them with information that will help them better understand the world they live in today. We will achieve this by delivering well researched, fact-driven content in a storytelling voice, sourcing our inspiration from current events or buzz worthy topics from around the web.

From the roarin’ 20s, to the ancient Mayan civilization, to Napoleon’s conquest of Europe, History 101 dives into the long and colorful past that informs the present. We love to delve into the lesser-known aspects of history, explore common narratives, and most of all, the quirky details of our forefathers and beyond.

We are creating a community where armchair historians can come together and muse upon the good ol’ days!

Meet our team of armchair historians:

Tanja Fijalkowski
Brand Manager//Editor. Tanja is a Bay Area native with a passion for history and art. She studied at University California, San Diego. After that, she spent a few years as an editor in book publishing. These days, she spends her days and nights in the basement of newspaper establishments digging up old stories or traveling the world to various excavation sites to unearth ancient artifacts for her household collection. She is a three-time trivia night champion. IG: tanjafija
Matthew Black
Matthew was born and raised in Seattle, WA and currently resides in San Diego, CA. Receiving an honors degree in history from the University of Washington, Matthew has since published a book and over a hundred web and print articles on a vast array of subjects. A man of many interests, he coaches soccer and travels the world when he’s not writing articles for History 101. He likes to say, “the devil’s in the details” and uses that approach to pour much of his energy into the research process.
Leslie Gonzalez
Leslie is a content creator for Novelty Media’s History 101 section. An enthusiast of ancient history, her topics of interest are ancient civilizations, modern history, and pop culture.
Jay Newman
Jay Newman is one of the head writers and editors for the award-winning Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader trivia book series (20 million sold), a position he’s had since 1998. A storyteller at heart, Jay’s favorite subjects are history, science, pop culture, politics and language. His articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Neatorama, and Mental Floss. Jay and his wife, Sue, run a landscape and wildlife photography business out of their home in Ashland, Oregon. Their photos have appeared in several books, including “Crater Lake: Deep Blue Volcano.” You can find Jay on Facebook and Instagram at NewmanImages, and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/jay-newmanimages.
Sara Levine
Sara is a New York-based writer and editor who considers herself an expert on meme culture. She has written for Bustle, Modern Luxury, and Betches, among others. She is also a true crime lover and the host of Not Another True Crime Podcast. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @sarafcarter.
Daniel Marzullo
As a professional copywriter and the founder of Marzullo & Associates, LLC, Dan produces strategic marketing content for start-ups, digital agencies, and established brands. He helps content marketers, business owners, and executives tell stories and build brands that communicate with their customers. Dan's work can take the form of a great bio, article, brochure, or advertisement that meets the client's goals.
Suzannah Weiss
Suzannah Weiss is a freelance writer focused on gender and sexuality. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and more.

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