September 12, 2006
Dates of Infamy
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Obviously, this piece was supposed to run yesterday. In case you can't quite make it out, it reads "Bilt 12-7-41". I picked up this solidly-built wooden toolbox at an auction sale, and after bringing it home, discovered the inscription inside. A couple of years later, I had occasion to visit its former owner at the retirement home where he had moved. He remembered the toolbox well, and told me how he had started to work on it one Sunday morning in his workshop across the street from his house in Valier. His wife came across the street to give him the news of Pearl Harbor which she had just heard, so he turned on his radio and listened as he finished up this project.

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