Foresights and Hindsights from Harry

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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April 18, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

In Greenbelt, the ’50s Always Seemed so Good

For me, and most other Greenbelt children, life in the ’50s couldn’t have been better. It was an iconic place to grow up. Now, seeing the old city newspapers reveals how the lifestyle was taking shape around us. In this fourth blog post showing Harry’s editorials in the Greenbelt News Review, we see more of […]

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April 9, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Editorials Spotlight Changing Times in Old Greenbelt

On this page, we see more views of Greenbelt life in the 1950s. And, we see Harry’s budding passion for independent, community newspapers. This blog post is the third in a series of Harry’s editorials as volunteer editor at the Greenbelt, MD, News Review. May 13, 1954 “Time Marches on Greenbelt” (Harry reviews Time magazine’s […]

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March 30, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Editorials Recall Events of the Early ’50s

This is the second in a series of posts showing Harry’s editorials from the newspaper in Greenbelt, MD, in the 1950s. Greenbelt is a DC suburb founded in 1937 under FDR’s post-depression New Deal. The articles offer snapshots of Harry’s writings unknown to most family and friends he left behind, plus history lessons we can […]

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March 23, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Young Harry’s Greenbelt Editorials

In this glimpse of Harry’s life, he was volunteer editor of his city newspaper, for 10-12 years in the 1950s and ’60s. Named the Cooperator in 1937, Greenbelt, MD, residents changed its name to the News Review in 1954. After reading several editions he had saved in old boxes, I skimmed the online archives and […]

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