Monthly Archives: July 2006

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold War

AT THE THRESHOLD OF THE SIXTIES – the same year, in fact, that JFK became president – I joined the Air Force. Bob had joined a couple of years earlier, studied Chinese at Yale, and was diligently gathering intelligence in … Continue reading

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The Ratty Sneakers of Happiness

Even out here in countryside Japan there comes a pre-summer time in a boy’s father’s life that the boy’s mother knows little of, when said father looks at his prepubescent son’s awesomely ratty sneakers and with a tear in his … Continue reading

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The Mansion of Beer

Mick, the destruction of Elm Street – and all that heart of Albany now erased – calls for some fine-tuned recollection on our part; we’ve got to do some glimpses of Elm street history here as we remember it, so … Continue reading

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