Sunday, November 25, 2001

Thanksgiving is always one of my favorite holidays -- I have so much to be thankful for. If you're asking yourself what it possibly could be, considering my condition, I'll have to say it's being here with family and friends in this wonderful country of ours. I've traveled the world, a good deal of it for that persistent travel agent, Uncle Sam, and the rest on my own. As a quick-sketch caricature artist, I drew at hospitality suites around the world for large corporations. It was a great gig, as most of the hospitality suites were basically all-night cocktail parties, leaving me free to sightsee during much of the day.

I listen to a lot of 24-hour news, travel and learning channels on television. It certainly gives me an interesting perspective on some of the current hotspots, having been there. It also gives me fodder for many of my weekly articles and editorials. If there is one truism -- it's history repeats itself. I pray we are not becoming involved in another Vietnam. Although as a young man, I was there as a volunteer and was fearless. As a wiser person than I has said, I did think I was invincible and invisible. It's only through the grace of God I survived the experience, and it may yet take me.

Saturday, November 10, 2001

I started "The Eagle" a few years ago as a way to keep in touch with family and friends. I lost my vision, ability to walk and control of my hands after having been a professional cartoonist and caricature artist for many years. I dictated my articles to my able-assistant and she would format it into a newspaper and mail it out. Subscribers multiplied -- telling their friends about "The Eagle," giving gift subscriptions to their family and friends, until I found myself the editor and publisher of a full-fledged newspaper.

I eventually switched to dictating into a voice-actuated tape recorder. My able-assistant, just didn't see the merit in being wakened at 3 a.m. to take dictation of notes and articles. What's mean-tempered, truculent and decidedly not "Doris Day-ish" at 3 a.m.? You've guessed. It's amazing what a few more hours sleep can do for a person's temperament.

From the beginning, "The Eagle" has been a general interest newspaper for citizens of Brevard County, Florida. (I'm located across the river from Kennedy Space Center.) If it has a role-model, it's the old newspaper, "The Grit," which kids used to sell on Saturdays -- a feel good newsy paper with something of interest for everyone.