Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Forrest Church

Jay Gallagher, famous cancer patient, has blogged about Love & Death, a recent book by Forrest Church. Church himself recently died of cancer. He wrote about his reaction to his diagnosis from the point of view of his role as a Unitarian minister. I heard him interviewed by Terri Gross; he allowed as how he had reconciled himself to his impending death, but his wife pointed out that there were others involved who might not have arrived at that state. Jay has been writing a lot about life and death -- as well as politics, his great joy and bemusement.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Postcard from Wolf Translated

Henny Lewin, who taught a course in Yiddish that I took at UVM, was kind enough to attempt a translation of Great Grandfather Wolf's postcard to his son, Elias, my grandfather.

The original image annotated.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori

Bob Immler sent some links to Siatas. These wonderful classic Italian cars were coveted by collectors and cognicenti. The car with the closed light lids was owned by Norman Jacobowitz.

Bob sent a link to a collection of Siata history.

The red car here was owned by Steve McQueen.

Siata stands for

Societa Italiana Auto Trasformazioni Accessori (Italian car modification company; est. 1926; Turin, Italy)