Twenty years ago the above photo was taken. Twenty years ago I began taping interviews with military men. Twenty years ago my oldest nephew was conceived; now he has a son! Traditionally, 20 years = the span of a generation — genealogically speaking. This summer I’ve researched my family tree. Passionately, even obsessively. As if […]

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It’s never too late to come clean: When I was a boy of nine, in 1969, I wanted to be an astronaut. Teachers and family were heartened by this unexpected indication of “normality.”  I was granted special permission to sit in with the sixth grade class to watch historic TV broadcasts. Only . . . […]

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