I’ve just finished editing and publishing the memoirs of a remarkable man — Sam Jankovich.
Sam told me today that he feels bad because I am spending so much time on this project. And this is what I told him:
Don’t feel bad Sam. I look at this project as a blessing. There are so many stories out there – we all have them. Many pass through this world … people close to us … and all we have of them is a box full of old photos in a closet– if that. I would love to know more of my dad, an immigrant from Norway who came to this country at age 19, along with a younger brother 17, and friends from the old farm country of Norway. Most settled in Butte and Spokane, but little is known of their life, either back in the “old country” or here in the US in those days.
What did my dad & mom think of FDR, Hitler, Stalin – the great depression – World War II? How did they learn English, What was it like in the early days in a brand new country? Was he one of those dreaded “liberals” or “conservatives” Don’t really know.
So when someone like yourself comes into my life like you, with a compelling and interesting life, I’m all ears and eyes. You are of that “greatest generation,” and I want to know more – and I want others to know. You are a man of great character and I’ve learned from your life.
Yea – I’ve missed a few soap operas and movies along the way, perhaps missed a few golf rounds (I don’t golf). But I’ve gained a dear friend in the process.
So thank you for being a blessing to me. Thank you for letting me peer into your life – sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, place to place.
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Thanks for the call I feel so badly you are putting so much time into this project. I will get you names of key people tomorrow then on Monday. Most of the people at WSzU have passed. Thamkd