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July 31, 2012


Well, I want to say, what a start this is! This is just lovely, Laura. Maybe more of this, alongside poems that will come naturally out of it? Because this is just really really good. Thank you for remembering this; I love this look into the past.

Thank you, Jim. As I wrote, more and more kept bubbling up and I had to leave stuff out and there wasn't enough room to keep going - so I'm definitely going to follow this rabbit! And who knows what poems are lurking?

Thanks again!

Hi Laura, my name is Henry (Hank back then) Doster. I managed the Officers Club Pool for 5 summers while attending Harford Community College and then a BS and MBA at Florida State University...roughly 1967 to 1071. Three of my lifeguards, I remember, were Mike Keenan, Sally Ford, and Mary Joe Hartman...there were others that I can't remember. Also, many years earlier I lived in Wherry #3 on Nuttal Ave just off base, for some 7 years and did all the things you wrote at the "Gray" Gym, bowling at the alley, swimming at the NCO pool during those early years, using the base library...especially the music room! many memories! Your article made me smile and remember lots of both my early years 5-12 years old in the Wherry and the years I was in college and coming home to manage the OMP...thanks for the memories. You can find me on facebook...I am not 68 and the Business Manager for District 1, Florida Park Service...please visit my other activity at again for the great memories...Henry

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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