About Me

LindaAnderman72dpi 100x114 (1)I remember way back when I was a girl in school and we were told the metric system was coming, but it never happened. Most people have no no idea why we don’t use it today. Even fewer consider that, in fact, we had the first decimalized currency in the world (that whole 10 dimes and 100 pennies thing in our dollar) thanks to Thomas Jefferson.

It’s been more than 30 years since we officially looked at metric system adoption and I’ve decided that it’s time that we revisit this issue and see if it’s time for that last push to join in with the other 95% of the world. I’m currently in progress on a book, whose main title will be America’s Biggest Miscalculation.

I’m bringing my experience as a professional writer, video producer, project manager and everything else that seems appropriate to throw at this to tell the story of what happened with the metric system in the United States and where we might need to go from here.

I hope you’ll come along. It should prove to be very interesting.

Feel free to write to me at milebehind@gmail.com.

If you’re a reporter looking for comment, the above email address is the best way to reach me in a hurry. You can also check out a podcast I did with Vox News in November 2018 (I’m the second half of the interview).

Thanks for your interest.

Linda Anderman
(By popular demand, full name added for those who wish to cite my work in their papers.)

25 thoughts on “About Me

    • I’m currently in preproduction on the project. As a result, it’s not yet available but I’m hoping to be done in 2015. Thanks for your interest. Can I add you to my project mailing list?

      • Ms. Anderman, would you add me to your project mailing list as well? I am very interested in seeing the documentary when you make it available.

  1. Hey Linda! What is your last name? I need to site my sources for a persuasive essay I am writing on why the US should convert over to the metric system.

  2. Ms. Anderman,

    I would just like to reaffirm my interest in being notified when your documentary is available.

    (“Give em 2.5 centimeters and they’ll take 1.6 kilometers.”)

  3. I just happened on this site while I am getting acquainted with baking techniques. King Arthur mentions possibly being more international in future editions – I really hope they are still working towards the goal. With my woodworking, I am entirely SI – it has reduced mistakes in unit arithmetic. The bizzare world of baking units is a serious challenge to keeping consistent in what one is doing. Keep up the good work to push us on the U.S. toward more sane ways of measuring all that we do.


  4. Thank you so much for helping the cause. My dream is some day I wake up and the U.S. is finally metric. Could you please add me to your list when your documentary comes available? Keep up the good work!

    Thank you,
    Dan H.
    Think Smart, Think Lean, Think Metric, 1000m = 1km

  5. Hi Linda.
    Like the article. Keep up the good work.
    We started our metrication in Ireland in 1970. I was in first year high school and our year was the first to get metric only textbooks. After school, I completed a science degree and am proud of the fact I’ve not used old units since then. We are nearly there. All shop products are in metric, as are our road signs. The only holdouts are beer (sold in pints), some references in the newspapers, and still some people who quote height and weight old style. It takes a lot more time that you’d think, but hopefully you’ll get there. Please include me in the documentary link.
    All the best

  6. I realise this blog is old but you seem to still monitor it… I’d just like to say that a big difference between the conversion to metric currency in the UK & Australia was that in Au. we converted one shilling to ten cents, the UK converted two shillings to ten cents. Our ten shillings to the dollar was much easier to get into your head than their conversion of 20 shillings to one hundred pence.(One pound)

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