Foresights and Hindsights from Harry

July 27, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry’s Wrap of ’50s Pentagon Memories – Part 4

Here’s the last of Harry’s pages of notes in his computer files on the Pentagon publishing operation in the 1950s. They were last edited March 3, 2010, although that could be the date he reorganized the files. These reflections follow the previous three posts on this blog. Together they reveal a snapshot of our father […]

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July 18, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Historical Notes Highlight Pentagon Players – Part 3

On this page we see more reflections from Harry’s early Pentagon years. Whether he intended anyone to see them (other than the original recipient) we’ll never know. As our family reads these notes, however, we can pair some of his experiences with the Pentagon photos taken during his career. I found these notes dated Jan. […]

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July 7, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry Recounts ’50s-era Pentagon Publishing – Part 2

Harry’s notes below appear to be continued from those in the previous post on this blog. There he recounted how the Early Bird, the Pentagon’s former signature publication, got its name in the 1950s, and the start of the long-time Current News. I found these last edited April 3, 2009. So, who in the world […]

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June 26, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Memories for the Pentagon Historians – Part 1

Since I began this blog in 2015, I’ve focused on paying tribute to my dad through writings discovered in his files. In so doing I’ve delighted in connecting or reconnecting with family and friends who knew him, as well as many who didn’t. Another reason for this blog: to “file” Harry’s writings in a permanent, […]

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June 14, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Poems Honor Marriages, Friends Not Forgotten

Nearly two years ago I began this blog to highlight Harry Zubkoff’s (my dad’s) life through his left-behind writings. In this post, we see yet more colorful memories from his personal files. I discovered the photos in my parents’ memorabilia, too. I hope these blogs inspire you to seek more about your loved ones, too […]

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May 31, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Timeless News-Reading Tips in 1973 Speech

Do you remember ’73? Two weeks after President Nixon’s second inauguration, on Feb. 4, 1973, my dad, Harry Zubkoff, delivered the following speech at a D.C.-area synagogue event. He was 52. After he died, I noticed the audio cassette tape of the speech mixed in with his music collection. It’s valuable now since we have […]

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May 26, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Greetings by Harry Live on After All

Harry crafted countless poems throughout his well-lived life, On every theme conceivable, and (we think) without help from his wife. Now, we’ve learned, he also tried to sell some rhymes to those, Who made appealing greeting cards with sympathetic prose. These poems date from ’58 through 1966, They mention all occasions – no words of […]

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May 12, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Radio Interview Conveys Harry’s Diplomatic Nature

If you stumbled across this page online, you may wonder what the big deal is about a 1986 National Public Radio interview with a government media chief. If you knew Harry, however, I think you’ll appreciate this discovery for what it’s worth – another piece of the life and legacy of Harry, the insightful communicator. […]

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May 5, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

60-year-old Articles Store Memories of Friends, City Life

This page is the sixth (and last) consecutive post displaying some of Harry’s editorials as a young man in Greenbelt. They’ve shown me more about the history of my childhood city and my dad’s experiences there. August 13, 1959 “The Editor’s Notebook” (A Column of Personal Opinion) The Ratzkins are moving. Jack and Edith, whose […]

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April 26, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

For This Editor, Honesty was the Best Policy

As editor of the Greenbelt News Review (in a DC suburb) during the 1950s, Harry infused his honest feelings in the following stories. He also added humor in all but one – a comment on the free press. It’s a subject he wrote about for the rest of his life. This is the fifth consecutive […]

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