Happy Birthday, DAD

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Today my father would have been 97, if he had not died exactly 30 years ago.  An avid reader, he leaned toward sagas of Rome, his heritage, and World War II, his experience. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich were among his favorites.

He read all my college texts – more thoroughly than I did myself.  And could stay awake all night reading – something I’ve inherited.

I can still see him, sitting in his favorite chair, book open, smoking those cigarettes that killed him.  Wish he were here…

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