Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

The annual (and always enjoyable) Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is taking place this week--from today (Sept. 12th) until Saturday (Sept. 14th)--in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

I've attended several times, but regret that I'm unable to do so this year.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11th

This is a photograph which was taken on September 11, 2001, but was not published until the next year. The picture, taken by Will Nuñez, appeared in the September 2002 issue of Vanity Fair, with other previously unseen images of the September 11th catastrophe, in an article titled "Two Towers: One Year Later." Mr. Nuñez's photograph also appeared in a book released the same month, Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs (Scalo Verlag Publishers).

As the caption in Vanity Fair noted, in part: "After the first plane hit Tower One, bond analyst Will Nuñez went to his corner newsstand and bought a $14.99 disposable camera, hoping to record the scene for history's sake.  Minutes later, from his downtown office window, he captured United Flight 175 as it sped toward Tower Two."

(Photograph ©Will Nuñez, and Scalo Verlag Publishers, 2002)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The man with the white Stetson: James R. Leavelle dies, at age 99

Front page of New York Daily News, Nov. 25, 1963

Mr. Leavelle, a Dallas homicide detective, was one of the officers escorting Lee Harvey Oswald, in 1963, when Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby; the shooting took the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters.

Mr. Leavelle is seen at the left of both of the above photographs (wearing a tan suit, and a white Stetson); the top photograph was taken by Jack Beers, of the Dallas Morning News; the bottom photo, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, was by Bob Jackson, of the Dallas Times Herald.

Mr. Leavelle died on Thursday, at age 99.

Here is an obituary, from the New York Times:

Here, too, is an additional post about Mr. Leavelle (and the historic 1963 photographs in which he figured prominently), from my primary blog:

Monday, August 26, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Essay from Tablet magazine, after Mr. Trump's comments about American Jews and "disloyalty"

A good piece in Tablet, the online Jewish-oriented publication, from this past Wednesday (Aug. 21st).  It is by Carly Pildis, and is titled "What Donald Trump Will Never Understand About Jews."