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January 04, 2004

Unseen History: In The Press

I was interviewed by a reporter from the Wilmington Star back in.......October, I think. A while ago, certainly. He'd heard of the Unseen History posts and wanted to do a story on them.

It's just been published. (registration required. Use "laexaminer@laexaminer.com" as the member name, and "laexaminer" as the password)

CHAPEL HILL - The easiest way to move the cabinet was to take out all the drawers first.

It had stood in Professor Sidney Stafford's office for more than a decade, a gift of U.S. military surplus to Louisburg College.

He inspected the drawers as they came out one by one. Each was empty, except for the last.

"Just papers and trash is what it looked like," said Dr. Stafford, a campus chaplain and instructor in religion and philosophy. "The cabinet had been sitting there for 20 years when I decided to move it."

He had a class, so he put off cleaning out the drawer till later. When he returned, he took up the papers to throw them out. But he stopped, turned over the pages and looked. Images of horror, in black and white, stared back.

They were pictures of the first evidence found by U.S. soldiers of the Holocaust.

Yes, that's me, though I rarely ever look that serious. The wife couldn't stop giggling when she saw it, which does wonder's for a mans self-esteem, let me tell you.

Like the photo, the story is more or less accurate. My father's not a doctor, for one thing, though he does emit a kind of a phd vibration. When he dicusses the Apocrypha, for instance. Mark's not the first person to gift him with that honorific by a long shot.

Also, in most cases my servers do not page me before they break, though admittedly that would be greatly appreciated. Typically I'm paged after they malfunction, but before the user notices. I'm therefore almost positive that I didn't say

"When they know they're not going to work, they call my beeper," he said. "And then we fix them."

However, we had dinner at the Top of the Hill brewpub, and expense-tab beers have a way of contorting speech. At the best of times I tend to trip over my words, so I undoubtedly supplied Mark with a number of mangled quotes.

As well, there are occasions when the servers go in to warning states, which will send a page my way. For the most part though, the pager only goes off when things are already broken.

Posted by Bigwig at January 4, 2004 09:50 PM | TrackBack
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Comments

That's a pretty good story, especially the explanation about blogs. Thanks for sharing the information your family has had with the wider audience.

Posted by: Kris Hasson-Jones at January 4, 2004 10:09 PM

That picture = Spooky!

Good work.

Posted by: Clif at January 5, 2004 10:47 AM

Good article. More and better than I had anticipated. The picture is not bad, just not a typical pose, but then one of your usual jocular expressions would not have been appropriate considering the photo you were holding. I had some difficulty accessing the paper's web site with the password you supplied. I finally gave up and just registered with my own name and password.

Posted by: yomamma at January 5, 2004 11:49 AM

Helping the proper mainstreaming of real history...and helping build the efficacy of the Blogosphere, one post at a time.

Now what perceptive bastard said "Keep the title ('silly words'--the idea!) but 'tain't caca"?

Good for you Sid!

Posted by: Stephen at January 5, 2004 04:10 PM

I seem to remember my first correspondence with Mr. Bigwig included the reference to the title, as in, "You DO know what those words mean, don't you?"

Yup, he did.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at January 6, 2004 12:01 AM
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