Foresights and Hindsights from Harry

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


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

Tydings Hall

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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September 21, 2016 | Elaine Blackman


The Music that Kept Harry Going

Harry wrote the two articles on this page for his community newsletter, in Leisure World (Silver Spring, MD), in February and April 2012. Now that I’ve posted a wide variety of his writings on this blog, I’m starting to believe that the greatest tribute we can give him is to listen to the songs that […]

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September 12, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Writing this article no doubt put a smile on Harry's face

When Harry Taught Grad Students

Harry was like an advertisement for “intergenerational” programs. Those are organizations that pair school kids with elderly mentors, or connect young adults with seniors who want computer lessons. For my dad, it was natural to reach out to people in younger generations, to improve communication, to help bridge the gaps. In the following email to […]

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September 6, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry Zubkoff on his 92nd birthday, June 16, 2013

For the Love of Old Pop Tunes, One Story at a Time

Earlier on this blog I posted some of Harry’s music-themed articles for his community newsletter in Leisure World, Silver Spring, MD. Here are two more he wrote at age 92. He would have been thrilled to know his stories would spread his love and appreciation for these songs to a wider audience. June 17, 2013 […]

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August 29, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Harry Zubkoff in 2011

Thoughts on bridging communication gaps

In emails my dad saved in his computer documents, he wrote about communication – or the lack of – between boys and girls, parents and children, generations, and cultures. Below you’ll see excerpts from several emails he sent between 2007 and 2012 to four different young women. I do believe he could have authored a […]

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August 18, 2016 | Elaine Blackman

Author Harry Zubkoff in 1997

The Aerospace Industry’s Role in World War II

I have memories from the 1990s of arriving at my parents’ house, and more times than not, finding my dad at the computer. Now I’m reading things he was probably working on when I interrupted.   In the previous post on this blog, Harry recalled his personal role in an airplane factory, as a young man […]

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