Tracy V. Wilson has loved stories for as long as she can remember, and her focus since 2013 has been stories about the past. She joined HowStuffWorks as a staff writer in 2005, and she spent her first few years at the site destroying gadgets and mining patents, papers and interviews to figure out what makes things tick. In 2007, she took on the role of hiring and training HowStuffWorks’ new writers and editors. She became site director in 2010 and editorial director in 2014. Tracy cohosted the PopStuff pop culture podcast with Holly Frey; the pair now cohosts Stuff You Missed in History Class. Tracy’s love of history started to grow in college, with four required humanities courses that gave her a more holistic way to approach the past and how it affects the present. Tracy spends her downtime much like she spends her time at work: reading, writing, tinkering and brooking only the most delightful nonsense.