DEC 7, 17 .. PEARL HARBOR DAY .. A DAY IN INFAMY FOR THE UNITED STATES

Seventy Six years ago today, December the 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service in a deadly surprise attack, bombed Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, in an attempt to seriously destroy the influence of the United States Navy in the Pacific Ocean. This surprise attack plunged the United States into WWII and into the war against Japan in the Pacific.

I was age five years old. I used to quietly slip downstairs in my home and listen to the news on the radio that my parents were playing in our living room.

At the time, Walter Winchell was a prominent radio news announder. As I remember it, he always began with the following statement :

“Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press.”

In doing some research today, I find the historical records state Walter Winchell began his newscasts as follow :

“Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press.”

As a 5-year old, listening quietly to that newcast on December 7th, I only knew that something really big had happened.

I served in the United States Marine Corps beginning in January of 1958. By the time I finished boot camp and ITR training and reached a permanent duty station, it was September 1958. This was 13-years after the fighting with the Japanese had ceased. I was priviledged to serve with some members of the Marine Corps who had fought the Japanese in the Pacific Theater during the later stages of WWII. Few talked about their combat experiences, but all of us knew how horrific the fighting had been throughout the Pacific and especially at Iwo Jima and Okinawa towards the end of the war.

All I can do here is to salute those who fought and the many who died when I, as a child, could do neither. However, when my time to serve appeared, I was proud to do so.

In Memory,

Cap


DEC 5, 17 .. A BOOK ABOUT CHARLES DICKENS.. AND A MOVIE ABOUT THE BOOK

I wonder how many of you follow the above title.

In January of 2008, a book written by a popular historian named Les Standiford was published.

https://www.randomhouse.com/crown/manwhoinventedchristmas/

Mr. Standiford’s book is titled : The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits.

Patti and I just saw the movie here in Anchorage.

We really really liked the movie. Movie critics, being critical types, give the movie a mixed review.

We think that just maybe, you too will really really like it also.

About two weeks before Patti and I were about to leave Royal Oak, Michigan, and fly North to Alaska, on November the 2nd, 2017, Patti said to me, “Cap, what are those books up on top of your mother’s desk over there?”

I replied (as I literally leapt to my feet to go retrieve about six of them) .. “They are a set of seventeen books that comprise the complete works of Charles Dickens.”

Into Charles Dickens’ book ‘David Copperfield’ Patti dove! When she had finished this tome she dove into and finished his ‘Tale of Two Cities.’

As we two were about to leave Royal Oak, Patti asked me, “Cap? May I take a few of the books back to Alaska with me?”

I said words to the effect of, “No. I don’t want the set broken up. So we will take the entire 17 volume set of books back to Alaska with us.”

The morning of our flight, this past November the 2nd, 2017, as our departure time to leave to drive out to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport neared, we drove to the Berkley, Michigan, Post Office and mailed the 17 volumes in a flat rate box up here to Alaska.

For What It’s Worth .. That’s our news for today.

Smiles,

Patti and Cap

As a result of our seeing the movie today, we are now going to read Dickens’ book, ‘A Christmas Carol’ to each other.