Foresights and Hindsights from Harry

January 12, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Unweathered Essays On the Media

In 1987, Harry drafted the following essay about the media, one of many he eventually filed in a computer folder titled “BOOK 1”. Yes, he had considered the idea of writing a book on the media after he retired from government. The essays could serve as a history lesson for youngsters in the field and […]

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January 2, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Letters Offer Words of Wisdom on Publishing

Harry’s work protégés and editor friends will appreciate these two letters he wrote in the 1990s. Although his references to publishing costs may not apply today, his reasoning does. We learn more about his experiences in the newsletter industry and with the book he co-authored in ’94. And, once again, we see his spirit of […]

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December 20, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry Weighs in on Scandals, in Letter to Old Friend

Did you ever go through items left behind by a loved one and then realize there was much more to him or her than you ever would have imagined? That’s sort of how it’s gone since I lost my father, Harry Zubkoff, in 2014. We (Harry’s family and friends and readers of this blog) continue […]

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December 12, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Personal Update to Friends Everywhere

When my dad was about to turn 70, he wrote the following letter to a number of his friends. He gave typical updates on his life, probably of little interest to people who didn’t know him; however, it will fill in gaps for those who did. If you like Harry’s writing style, it’ll entertain you. […]

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December 7, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Wit and Wisdom in More Random Letters

I routinely hear from my dad’s old friends and family members that they look forward to learning things they never knew about him each week in this blog. If you, too, have enjoyed the letters Harry wrote in several earlier posts on this blog, you’ll like the following letters, also recovered from his computer files. […]

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November 28, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

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

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

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

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

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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