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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in San Francisco as a Clerk-Typist, GS-4. I was active in the USFS's union for several years, including a brief stint as editor of The Forest Service Monitor, the nationwide voice of the Forest Service in the National Federation of Federal Employees. Howsoever, I now believe my most important contribution while editor of the F.S.M. was bringing to the attention of F.S. employees the fact that the Black-Footed Ferret was not extinct; one had been found in 1980 on a national forest in the Colorado. In 2001 I retired from the USFS after attaining the age of 60 with 23 years of service. Stanford University was evidently unimpressed with my efforts to make USFS investigative reports of tort claim incidents available to tort claimants (ie, "the public"), alleging the negligence of a F.S. employee acting in the scope of his/her duties caused their damages, under the Freedom of Information Act. Oh well. What'cha gonna do?
SHARE Monday, August 27, 2012 A Review of Eric Ambler's Doctor Frigo
You could almost say Eric Ambler started what John Le Carre finished, and I would agree if it weren't for the fact that I've never encountered a dull paragraph in any of the eight or ten Eric Ambler spy novels I've read - from Cause for Alarm (written in 1938) to Doctor Frigo (written in 1974).
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, May 21, 2012 Ten Public Artworks by Donald Lipski
Donald Lipski is an artist whose public art is stunning. To quote a brief biography of him at his home page at Artnet's Monologues: "he has in recent years created many prominent and compelling public sculptures." After viewing the ten works below, I concluded that "compelling" was a considerable understatement.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2012 A Brief Rumination on Horses.
In 1948 I was in the second grade and my best friend was Bill Anstiss, who lived in the town of Boerne, Texas (population, approx. 1300), while I lived on a ranch, about nine miles northeast of Boerne. Bill lived with his single mother in poverty, while I lived with my parents and my sister in Texas Hill Country opulence.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 8, 2012 The U.S. Open Strikes Back!
I can never remember which came first for me, golf or tennis. They get all jumbled up in my memories of my 1950's summers in my early teens, spent in Cooperstown NY at the CCC (Cooperstown Country Club), when not at Camp Pinnacle near Lyme NH around the same time.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 14, 2012 An Appreciation of the "Hit List" by Lawrence Block
Late last century I became an avid reader of science fiction and crime fiction, two reading pursuits that abandoned me after the Beginning of the End (ie, the year 2000), as it were. Nonetheless, I intermittently try to resume one, then the other, then the one again, etc; and the book "Hit List" by Lawrence Block is crime fiction which is truly a hoot.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 2, 2012 Does Grandpa Remember "Buzz Bombs"?
Beautiful dreamer.... waken to be.... moonlight and starlight are waiting for thee.... sounds of the rude world.... heard by the day.... lulled by the starlight.... have all passed away.