WITHOUT THE PERSPECTIVE OF HISTORY...WE ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT
Dear Mr. Felstead,
Yes, as far as the Washington Historical Society is concerned, you may use quote’s from Ralph’s book as long as proper credit is given. I looked at your blog and enjoyed it very much. The picture’s of Ralph evoked many emotions as he has been a ‘mentor’ of sorts to me for many years. He is an amazing man on many, many levels. I for one, appreciate your interest in him; I know that he appreciates it.
Washington Historical Society
For the next few days, I am going to depart from my usual posting of a photograph and writing some prose about it.
I have mentioned Ralph Gregory in past posts...he is an historian who lives in Missouri about 1.5 hours south of St. Louis in the small community of Washington. Among his past experiences of being a prisoner of war, a philosopher, historian, curator of the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal...he has one other unique quality...100 years old and still active in his trade.
I found the video of his 100th birthday party and a very informative blog post about him on Dianna Graveman's blog. Dianna had the video on her blog and I have included it as well. It can be found on You Tube. If you have the chance ...visit Dianna's blog to see the article. She among other things is an instructor in the MFA in Writing program at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
The above book is one of Ralph's books he wrote when he was 90! I was glued to the words as I read about life at the turn of the 20th century. The amazing thing to remember as you read excerpts over the next few days is that Ralph is not a Harvard Professor with a doctorate in Anthropology musing about how things "may" have been in those days...Ralph lived those days...and writes of his life growing up in the first decade of the last century and still lives today! That takes a while to get your head around! Tomorrow I will begin the excerpts.