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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday. Book Review ‘Over There in the Air’ examines the relationship between Aggies and […]

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We are between Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. The first is a minor holiday intended to honor those serving in our military. The second is a major federal holiday and is intended to commemorate our honored war dead. A recent conversation with a younger veteran led to talk of his grandfathers’ service in World War II, and that in turn led to a broader reflection on a seldom remembered or only partially understood group of Americans in the two world wars.

The younger veteran’s Hopi grandfather was a tank mechanic. His Navaho grandfather was a code talker in the Marine Corps. As we talked, I mentioned recently learning of the original WWI code talkers, a small team of Choctaw Indians in the American Expeditionary Forces. The Native American veteran replied that there were Hopi and other tribes also used as code talkers in WWII. It is just that the Navajos were the largest group and became the center of historical attention.

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The Oscars for 2018’s movies have come and gone. It’s far too early to tell whether any of these movies, even Green Book, the Best Picture winner, will actually be watched much after this year. But true transcendence is hard to pull off, so the safe bet is: No.

Yet one movie with a good chance of a lasting legacy didn’t even get any nominations: Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old. Jackson is best known for directing live-action adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The final chapter, The Return of the King, won Best Picture for its year of release, and earned Jackson Best Director. This is worth considering not merely for reasons of pedigree. For these two works share more than a quality that has ensured a legacy for Tolkien’s work and Jackson’s adaptations, and will, I hope, ensure one for They Shall Not Grow Old.

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Several weeks ago, @ejhill let us know about a new, and visually stunning, film by Peter Jackson. They Shall Not Grow Old is Jackson’s World War I film, taking Imperial War Museum footage and oral histories recorded from veterans and combining them into a seamless state-of-the art movie documentary using colorization, frame-rate shifts with interpolation to […]

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I’ll be visiting Paris late in the summer before joining a battlefield tour of World War I sites. I’d love to meet the locals (@claire) if possible, but even more was wondering if you’d like to join me as I trek around the city visiting World War I sites associated with the USA: Suresnes American […]

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We’re in session over the Memorial Day weekend, so I took the time to visit my great-uncle’s grave at Butler National Cemetery near Springfield. More

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War or Ignore. Listening to the rhetoric and observing the actions of our current President, you’d think those were the only options to attacks and affronts from other countries. There might be a bit of perverse hope found in observing in our survival through another presidency that was perhaps Obama’s equal in pretention, arrogance, obstinacy […]

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World History has plenty of moments where a single decision — or a seemingly insignificant act — brought about enduring disaster that appears, in retrospect, to have been be tragically avoidable. The events of late summer of 1914 come to mind.

More obscurely, Winston Churchill famously regretted the monkey who bit King Alexander of Greece on the leg, which caused a fatal infection and set off a succession crisis in during the Greco-Turkish War, arguably leading to the deaths of a quarter million people.

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