Monday, May 25, 2015
Memorial Day: Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
I'm visiting my daughter, Angela, and her husband, Tom, in sunny Sonoma, California. Today, Art Scott and Bruce Taylor came over from Livermore and Napa, respectively, and kidnapped me. Sort of. They said they had a big surprise for me, but they wouldn't say what it was. They just bundled me into Bruce's Honda CRV and took off for and undisclosed location somewhere in California. The surprise was a visit to the home of Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller, two great writers whom it was a pleasure to see. But the real purpose of the visit was the guided tour of the finest collection of crime fiction west of the Mississippi: hardbacks, paperbacks, and pulps included. I've never seen such great stuff all in one place. There's no need for me to enumerate things. If you can think of a key crime fiction title, it was there. In jacket and signed. Okay, maybe not all of them, but wow. Just wow. And the pulps were amazing. The paperbacks, too. At least I own a couple of the paperbacks. Maybe one or two of the hardbacks. None of the pulps. It was tough not to writhe in envy, but I managed it. Bill, generous to a fault, even gave me a couple of his dupes. Art and Bruce gave me even more books. I have small pile of near mint Laser books and some other great crime paperbacks to take home with me. This was better than the Kayo haul And when we came back to Sonoma, Tom grilled some New York strip steaks, and Angela had mashed potatoes and salad and butter cake ready to go. All in all, a great day.
John Nash, Subject of A Beautiful Mind, Killed In Taxi Crash: Princeton University mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., played by Russell Crowe as the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Nash was 86 and his wife Alicia was 82.