Saturday
Jun162018

Great turnout at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum!

I had a great time presenting my PowerPoint talk about the role of the B-29 in ending World War II at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum yesterday! The audience was very attentive and asked great questions. I advise anyone interested in the history of aircraft to visit this museum!

 

 

 

 

Friday
May112018

Back from ten days in Iceland!

Harriet and I just returned from a 9-day vacation in Iceland. It was an unforgettable experience! Our usually good luck with weather when travelling deserted us, but we made the best of it. For the first few days we fought sleetstorms driving BB-sized iceballs 30 MPH into our faces, alternating with brief sunny spells as we explored the southern coast and the Golden Circle. The nicest weather day was spent exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where we visited Grundarfjordur, Olafsvik, the Snaefellsjokull glacier, Mount Kirkjufell, black lava cliffs along the southern coast, and driving through the 6-km Hvalfjardargong tunnel under the Hvalfjardsveit bay. We visited many famous waterfalls including Gullfoss, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss;  the hot springs at Geysir, the beautiful rift valley in Thingvellir National Park, and the amazing Raurfarholshellir lava tunnel near Selfoss. Our hotel room looked out over the Reyjavik harbor, and we were able to watch workers repainting and repairing large ships right outside our window. The food was amazingly good-and expensive! I tasted cod head, fermented shark, and dried fish. (I can only recommend the cod head). As a bonus, we flew directly over Greenland on the way home and were treated to an amazing view of the beautiful but utterly inhospitable arctic landscape. Check out the 81 photos in the Iceland photo album in my photo gallery.

Wednesday
Apr252018

Thank you SUNY Adirondack!

Yesterday I was honored to speak in Adirondack Hall at the SUNY Adirondack campus as part of the Dr. Norman A. Enhorning Lecture Series. I was able to talk about my World War II book We Were There and about the vital role of the B-29 Superfortress in winning the war. There was a big audience and everyone stayed awake through the entire talk! Thank to Yvonne Goodwin for inviting me to participate in the series, and I hope to be back next year to talk about a comparison of my rural medical practice with that of another rural physician who wrote a book (illustrated with his own photographs) about his medical career over 100 years before mine!


Wednesday
Mar142018

Wonderful WWII novel "Flying Time" reviewed

 

As a child growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s, I was surrounded and raised by adults who represented the Greatest Generation, and many of the movies and programs I watched on TV in those days were made before and during the war. Life seemed so intense and meaningful then, yet simpler and more romantic. Later, as an adult, I sometimes found myself wishing I had been born a generation earlier so I could have experienced the 1940s first-hand. Now, after reading Donna Esposito’s delightful 2016 novel Flying Time, I can say I have had a little taste of that feeling. Donna, who shares that wistful feeling of nostalgia for the ‘40s, has brought the war years to life in a clever time-travel story that allows the reader to participate in jitterbugging at USO dances, writing heartfelt letters to sweethearts, sharing a swell piece of pie at the local diner, and go where the action is in the south Pacific. She has re-created that long-ago world that decisively and miraculously changed the course of history for the better in a few years, and it was hard to put down. I can highly recommend the book to anyone else who shares that wistful what if feeling of having missed the most important five years in modern history. You can order it from Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/Flying-Time-Novel-Donna-Esposito/dp/1533467544/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521037208&sr=1-3&keywords=Flying+Time

Sunday
Feb182018

Thank you New York State Military Museum!

   Yesterday I had the privelege and honor to speak to a very lively and interesting audience at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. There were over 50 people in attendance including 4 WWII veterans! Tom Smith and Tom Lemme of the 4th Marine Division, and Leo Muller, a US Navy Veteran of the Pacific theater were there. Major Ernest Bebernitz (ret) of the President of the NYS Capital District chapter of Military Officers of America Association was also in attendance and has invited me to speak to his organization next year! Spectrum News carried a brief interview of me before the talk on the evening news, so the Military Museum did a great job of PR for me which is greatly appreciated- I still have a lot of books to sell and people to educate about the history and lessons of World War II!

           Some of the audience at the New York State military Museum