Archive for March, 2009

March 29, 2009

I have now had some success with my first blog, but now comes the real test:  will it continue to work, and will anyone be reading and commenting??

What I have in mind is an exchange of thoughts regarding John D. MacDonald: his life, his books, his insights, etc. No matter how some of us long-time readers may feel there’s always room for new interpretations, new ideas, and new “takes” on MacDonald.

There are still fans out there, and pleasantly surprising, some new young readers (watched a couple of You Tube type videos of two such youngsters, and while sophistication is lacking, the obvious appeal of Travis to the adventure-some spirit of these young lads is unmistakably there.

I am able to be in contact with JDM’s son, Maynard, who lives in New Zealand.  Most of the time it has to do with someone looking to get the rights to do a film on one of the books.  I pass the request on and Maynard deals with it from that point on.



JDM letters

March 28, 2009

Today I will continue transcribing the World War 2 letters of
JDM and Dorothy, his wife. Her letters are written in very small script, necessitating the use of a magnifying glass to decipher many of the words, so it is a painstaking process. On some days I get only one letter completed. Most of his are not difficult to read.

Then my wife will check what I’ve done, make corrections, and once that is done we convert to Word and put them on a CD to take up to the Collection at the Smathers Library in Gainesville.

It is our hope that within a year or so there may be a book published containing the letters.

So, on many days I am living in 1943 in Poland, N.Y. (where Dorothy lived for several months prior to moving to Utica,) or hearing from JDM in an Army camp, or later in India.

This is my first attempt at a blog, so chime in with whatever you want.

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March 28, 2009

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