Articles by Elaine Blackman

September 7, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

We can Learn about Family from Interviews with WWII Oral History Project

In his interview with the World War II Oral History Project, Harry recalled that Aug. 15, 1945, was the day President Truman announced the end of the war. He also mentioned another reason for the date’s significance, as you’ll see in the transcript on this page. I first heard the interview after Harry died, on […]

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August 25, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Greenbelt’s Laugh-a-minute Reunion – Part 2

Maybe Harry was a wannabe comedian. Luckily he lived to see my son actually become one. I dedicate this post to Harry’s grandson, Mark, in honor of his upcoming marriage. It’s the transcript of side two of an audio cassette tape. (Side one is the previous post on this blog.) Harry kept the jokes coming […]

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August 7, 2017 | Elaine Blackman

Harry as Funnyman at 1996 Reunion – Part 1

Harry Zubkoff loved jokes. On March 23, 1996, he kicked off an event with lots and lots of them, chuckling as he went along. And judging from the laughter on the audio cassette tape, the audience enjoyed them, too. Harry was the master of ceremonies at a reunion party for elders who had lived in […]

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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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