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My Father’s Heart

Publisher: Da Capo Press
Pub. Date: February 28, 2008
ISBN: 9780738210971


From the Prologue

I have been writing this book all my life, or at least for most of it. In the fall of 1973, twenty years old, I took a writing course during my senior year at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Pennsylvania. For the opening assignment there was no other moment to consider than the events of Tuesday, September 30, 1969, rendered in barely fictionalized form.

Twenty-eight years after that September night, now a copy editor at the Wall Street Journal, some of what I’d written in college, remade now as wholly true, appeared nearly verbatim in an essay I wrote for one of the paper’s special health sections.

Seven years after that, in another Journal report, I brought the story full circle and up to date. And twice while writing for , the online Journal, I culled specific moments from those events of long ago, fleshing them out into their own remembrances.