Credentials and credibility...go figure. Spring of '15 seems so damn long ago now. I miss all of you. The dead and the living dead who I spent six years with on OS,under a different alias. I am forgetting them...and everything else too; but what I do remember is the encouragement and kind words that helped me as a writer while I was becoming a historian. I am a historian, whose father was a bell hop in Asbury Park during WWII.
What was then all I knew, after four decades of field work, now half a decade more has forced me to reconfigure me, at too late a date to pull off anything. Yet I persist. I am not who I was when we met in 2009, on OS, or at least those who are still with us.
OS made me a different person... maybe a better one. I am a historian because of credentials and Howard Zinn, but I am the historian that I am because of you, and the now departed OS folk who shared themselves with me.
We...carry on. I do my field work every day and write. I do the job. We are out there, all of us, doing the job, now with credentials and... credibility.
Thank you my fellow former OS troopers! This son of a bell hop carries on.