The Handshake

In the first weeks of my final year of college at the University of Maine in Orono, word came that our campus was going to host a visit by the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. He would be coming to give an address and to be awarded an honorary degree. At the… Continue reading The Handshake

Muhammad Ali

A letter to Eric Mink, a freelance writer and editor who teaches film studies at Webster University. He is a former columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Daily News in New York. Contact him at ericmink1@gmail.com. Dear Eric: I read your piece about your having heard Ali speak in 1969 at George Washington University,… Continue reading Muhammad Ali

Buzz Aldrin

During a parade in Montclair, NJ, the astronaut Buzz Aldrin stopped at our house to inquire if his wife could use our bathroom. “The lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. On July 20, 1969, he was the second human being to set foot on the moon, following mission… Continue reading Buzz Aldrin