Sunday, May 30, 2010
Here is a another review of the book that comes from Nathaniel Tripp, a platoon leader in Vietnam. I am not a veteran, opposed the Vietnam war and was a lottery winner in the draft in 1969 as an eighteen year old kid out of high school. I did not even know what "lottery" meant at the time and it is the 1969 military draft that I think of today whenever I hear the word. That's probably why I never play today's so-called lotteries. My winning number was 326--not a million bucks but felt like it at the time. I always look to those that served as far better judges of such books as this one from Ambrose. Tripp ends his review with an important distinction between the history versus the culture of war. However, what I took away from The Victors was not the culture of war, but more the amazing heroism, ingenuity and staying power of what Ambrose terms the "citizen soldier." It is on this Memorial Day we honor all those who have fought and died. At the same time we must remain on guard that the culture of war that Tripp is rightfully concerned about, along with misguided patriotic fervor and our politicians, does not lead us down a road that unnecessarily expends our most valuable resources, the men and women of the American military. I believe Ambrose successfully communicates that view.
I am always amazed when I look back at the efforts undertaken during WWII and wonder if the country could ever be mobilized in such a manner again if world events demanded it. I must admit to not being overly optimistic in that regard.
At this time for reflection, please click her and visit some of my prior Memorial Day related posts.
Hundreds of D-Day and other WWII photographs are available on footnote.com. Click on the image above and you will be taken to my account. Click "Enlarge" and go to the viewer. In addition to this image, you should be able to click on "Open Filmstrip" in the bottom left hand corner of the viewer and be able to access the many other D-Day and WWII photos.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Click on the link below.
Big Trouble: The Steunenberg Assassination
Nice picture of the governor too. It looks like great-grandpa was finally cleaned up a bit for the Capitol building re-dedication. Click on the picture a couple of times for a close-up enlarged view.
Friday, May 21, 2010
April 29, 1913.
Leaders of the IWW who are conducting the Paterson N. J. mill strike. Left to right Carlo Tresca, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and William D. Haywood.
Photo News Dept. American Press Ass'n., 225 West 39th St., New York
Looks to me like Al Pacino could depict Carlo pretty well in a movie. I wish my Italian grandfather, Robert J. Ricciotti (aka Richards), an American Railway worker, had been around longer, as no doubt he could have taught me a thing or two about Carlo Tresca.
That's William D. "Big Bill" Haywood in the top photo taken inside his jail cell at the Sheriff's office in the Boise Courthouse. You can click here and view the same photograph in a newspaper article from 1907 by going to my Footnote.com website. And here is the same item as an artists rendition. Lower photo outside the jail/Sheriff's Office, probably on a break during the trial or waiting for the days proceedings to start. George Pettibone, Haywood in his traditional pose turning his bad eye away from the camera and Charles Moyer. Names are written on the back but we know these guys anyway.
View all of my "Spotlights" on Footnote.com.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Brenda Steunenberg Richards-The Graduate-Class of 1936-Honorary Diploma September 2004
Fortunately, I had the videotape rolling when I presented her with the framed diploma you see in this picture. I think I will get the video out, view it again this mother day, shed a few more tears...and remember all the gifts she presented to me.
Have a Happy Mother's Day weekend everybody. John
Brenda R. Richards (in progress)
My sister Kris entered a comment on this post that consisted of an excerpt of a poem she wrote. It's too good to only have a part of it and and might be missed by folks who don't click on the individual post or the comment link. So here it is below in its entirety. jr
I (Kris) was going through some things and discovered a poem I had written to Mom in 1971, I was about 23 and and the very young mother of a son. On this Mother's Day I want to include an excerpt to my beloved Mom.
Through days of smiles and carefree miles
We pass with nary a care;
Never aware of the troubles & trials,
That someone has to bear.
There’s seldom time to think of she,
Who mends our socks & sorrows;
Or pause a moment to stop and see,
Who’s guiding her tomorrows.
And so we run thru days of youth
To pathways yet to be;
Seeking love, in search of truth,
And finding both in she.
Moments, too, as all shall pass,
And children soon are grown;
Carefree days too soon to pass,
To children of their own.
So we watch and wait and pray,
For a child, young & free;
So we strive to be someday,
A mother such as she.
She, who’s greatest joy is giving,
And sharing unselfishly;
She, who spreads the glory of living,
If this I can one day be.
Loving, beyond so much,
and smiles, though troubles come;
Always there with a tender touch,
If this I can become.
One who’ll always lend an ear,
Though other have to go;
To share a smile and dry a tear,
If this I come to know.
Then, somehow, if this and more,
I ever grow to be;
Perhaps my son will know someday,
A mother such as she.
-- by Kris
Friday, May 7, 2010
To visit the COI archives and the George L. Crookham collection, comprised of documents and letters from the Frank Steunenberg administration, go to:
G. L. Crookham Jr., Papers
GLC Online Collection
Idaho Public TV (Assassination: Idaho's Trial of the Century)
Papers reveal how Gov. Frank Steunenberg tried to suppress the Western Mining Wars --BY JAN BOLES ‘65
John's Footnote Spotlights
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Glad to have a word from Beckie. I love her so much, even if we don't see everything exactly alike.
Beautiful Cards - I just couldn't throw them away. Cindy so thoughtful too, always brings flowers. Hope she and the baby do beautifully - Love all of you
Written May 1992 after mother's day and recently discovered among some cards my mother had kept. Interesting that she began with "I had a great family." Mom tended to write notes here and there that she knew we would discover later after she was gone. This is another of the little treasures she has left us. Referenced in the note are my sisters Kris (and her son Sean) and Beckie, my brother Gary, his son Gary Jr., Gary Jr's mother Connie, my sons Josh and Joe and my wife Cindy (then pregnant with my daughter Caley). Montana de Oro is a beautiful state park here on the central coast very near our residence. Over the years, Spooner's Cove has been the site of various family gatherings and birthday parties. Good memories. John
Brenda Steunenberg Richards
8/26/1918 - 3/21/2010