September 28th, 2007

Dead Dog Cat

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I finally got up the gumption to speak on the phone with my father's uncle; his mother's younger brother. This man was a general practitioner for many years in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago; he served in the US Army Medical Corps in WWII, and his unit was overrun by the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge. He came back from Europe with several "trophies", including a foraging cap from a German soldier, and a set of field glasses he got from a German lieutenant. He was my father's favorite relation of his generation, and he treated my Dad as a younger brother.

He didn't seem to recognize me on the phone.

Sad. But I'll try again in a week or two, and I intend to keep it going.
Dead Dog Cat

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Got a novel done today; this one was by Michael Clynes (pseudonym for Paul Doherty), called The White Rose Murders, and is set in the reign of Henry VIII in England. Not quite as good as some of his other works, but readable.

I also read another issue of Crossing Midnight comic #11, following what appears to be Japaneses folk tales. I still find it very interesting, as they work through the tales and through the realities of today's cities of Japan.

Then, this evening, forestcats and I went to the newly opened Laemmle theater complex in Claremont, and we saw the documentary In the Shadow of the Moon, in which they interview ten of the men who flew in the Apollo missions, and use a lot of NASA footage for the action. Brilliant piece of work, worth hunting up.