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  • Notes: For original hand-written Journal, see Ronald. R. Van Stockum Papers, The Filson Historical Society. Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets.

    [I have been surprised to notice that I had neglected to record in my Journal a startling event at the Basic School in November 1937.

  • Note: For original hand-written Journal, see the Ronald. R. Van Stockum Papers, The Filson Historical Society. Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets.

    December 4, 1937

  • All the talk of a contested Republican convention reminds me of my experiences at the fringe of the 1976 primary campaign. In that year, I was Chairman of the Louisville Armed Forces Committee, whose primary mission was to organize Louisville’s Annual Armed Forces Banquet, scheduled that year for May 14. As this was to be the Committee’s Fiftieth Banquet, the first having been addressed by Gen. Pershing in 1919, I thought seeking President Gerald Ford to be our guest of honor would be appropriate.

  • Note: For original hand-written Journal, see the Ronald. R. Van Stockum Papers, The Filson Historical Society. Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets.

    October 30, 1937

  • Note: Throughout this series, actual Journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold enclosed in brackets. My original hand-written Journal is included in the Ronald R. Van Stockum Papers in the Archives of The Filson Historical Society in Louisville.

    Sept 26, 1937

    Received a nice letter from Colonel Kimmel yesterday. [Head of the University of Washington ROTC unit who had been very supportive.]

  • When artistic inspiration hit Travis Adams, he didn’t blow off the urge.

    Instead, he ran with it.

    Adams, newly graduated and working in Nashville with a degree in financial economics, came back to Kentucky to pursue his lifelong dream – blowing glass. And now he is preparing for his very first show to display his creations.

  • When artistic inspiration hit Travis Adams, he didn’t blow off the urge.

    Instead, he ran with it.

    Adams, newly graduated and working in Nashville with a degree in financial economics, came back to Kentucky to pursue his lifelong dream – blowing glass. And now he is preparing for his very first show to display his creations.

  • Note: Throughout this series, actual journal entries will appear in regular type, with my explanations or amplifications in bold and enclosed in brackets.

    Aug 20, 1937

    First week of regular instruction is now over. We are working every minute of the day, doing in three weeks, four weeks work. We are thus catching up with the boys who were commissioned earlier and who are now firing on the range at Cape May [New Jersey].

  • Introduction

    Nine years ago, at age 90, suggesting that I might run out of years before running out of columns, I arranged with Walt Reichert, then editor of the Sentinel-News, to write a newspaper column. My first column, under the heading “History Researched and Recalled” was published on April 27, 2007.

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