Foresights and Hindsights from Harry

November 28, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

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Harry’s Complaint Letters Didn’t Go Viral – Until Now

While preparing today’s blog post, I happen to pick up an AARP “Bulletin” newspaper with an article titled “How to Complain”. It suggests we can post our complaint on Twitter. On Twitter and other social media a complaint can “go viral”, and the company – whose products or services disappointed us – can see it, […]

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November 21, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry loved writing about -- and recording -- music from his era

Always Spreading Hope, Harry Tributes Hit Songs from 1937

John Denver (an artist from my era) is quoted as saying this about music: “Music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of […]

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November 14, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

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Harry’s letters, musings give me hope today

After a difficult week, I am finding inspiration in a couple of the many letters I’ve discovered on my dad’s computer. I originally rejected them for this blog; you see, they are just ordinary, friendly letters he wrote in the 1990s – one to a former office colleague, the other to a writer at The […]

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November 7, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

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Things You Might not Know About Drones

Recently I read about a trending toy for kids and adults – a modular drone. I couldn’t help but wonder whether the inventors know anything about the history of drones, which I learned only after reading the following article. Harry wrote it in 1991 and filed it (untitled) on his computer. He may have submitted […]

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October 31, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry Zubkoff, age 91, having lunch with friends in June 2012

A ‘mind-gripping’ song, and some ‘never quite hits’

In an article Harry wrote for his community newsletter in January 2013, he described a song as having “a mind-gripping quality.” While some of his music-themed stories covered Big Band songs not familiar to many of us, this more recent tune (from my era) I’ll bet you all know. A movie theme-song success The 1968 […]

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October 24, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Author Harry M. Zubkoff

The media and lies in the Middle East

When I read Harry’s old articles, my mind inevitably goes to our current events, and I imagine how he would feel today. In March 1991, he drafted a comment to a long-time journalist friend, titled “Whom Did We Fight?”, about the war in Iraq. A month later (and after several more essays on the subject), […]

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October 17, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

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Harry sounds off on government in letters to Post

It stands to reason that retirees have more time to pursue other interests. In Harry’s case, he loved to express his opinions and share his knowledge through writing. So, if you thought you couldn’t learn any more about him, check out these letters I found to The Washington Post – two to journalist David Broder […]

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October 10, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

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PHOTO | UMD

Letters to Professors Shed More Light on Harry’s Life

Through this blog, I hope that people who knew Harry are learning more about him and keeping him close to their hearts. This is why I share many of the personal emails and letters he wrote to friends and family. Now we can see that even letters he wrote to his professors at the University […]

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October 6, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Author Harry M. Zubkoff

Reflections on the military-industrial complex

On June 30, 1994, Harry last edited this document in his computer files. I would think he wrote it for a publication. Similar to other essays on this blog, he talks about lessons from World War II. Ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower left office in January 1961, critics of military spending have cited his […]

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September 28, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Sandy and her "Zadie" in 1984

Snapshots of Harry’s Sentimental Side

I’m dedicating today’s post to a sentimental family occasion – the marriage of Harry’s granddaughter, Sandy. She is learning more about her “Zadie” because he saved letters and emails in computer files. The rest of us, too, are getting a closer look at Harry’s memories, beliefs, and relationships. He wrote this letter to a dear […]

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