Saturday, April 23, 2016

History in a lamp

Maria, ever the thoughtful wife, bought me a keepsake lamp for the living room to showcase some of the odds and ends of my personal and family history.

I set it up this afternoon, topped with a $24 3-way LED bulb.

Some of the items include my 1956 Captain Midnight Secret Squadron decoder badge and Ovaltine cup, my dad's Bulova Accutron wrist watch and big green Shaffer fountain pen. There's also one of my Air Force dog tags, my Alpha Tau Omega membership card and a couple of ATO badges, my Boy Scout Tenderfoot pin, Indiana State Police press card, Cub Scout pocket knife, a BMWMOA pin from the 1998 national rally in Madison, Ind.,tiki god pendant, and a Linotype slug with my byline on it.

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