Dick’s tweets and postings from Charles Cowley’s “Illustrated History of Lowell” (1868) raise the following questions: When is the next general history of Lowell due and what form will it take? In the 19th century, an illustrated history was “high-tech” in its own way. On top of that, Cowley gave us a narrative that began figuratively with “once upon a time.” The most recent single-author history of the city is Frederick W. Coburn’s “A History of Lowell and Its People” (1920). We’ve had multi-author histories like “Cotton Was King” (1975) and “The Continuing Revolution” (1991), but those lack a unifying narrative and are more like history mosaics with the chapter-pieces made by different authors. Those volumes have many gaps. It’s now 90 years since Coburn’s history. Who will be our 21st-century Herodotus?