Dead Alewife, Lake Michigan, 1972

WC’s Epic Fails: The Alewife Incident


As WC has mentioned before, he spent three . . . difficult . . . years in Chicago, Illinois, attending law school. The law school was on pricey property, what passes for “lakefront” just north of the loop, with only the twelve lanes of Lake Shore Drive between you and Lake Michigan. Understand that the…

The Quiet Knight entrance on Belmont, photographer unknown

A Few Notes on The Quiet Knight


WC lived in Chicago, Illinois for three years in the early 1970s, attending law school. Whatever Chicago’s charms may be, they generally aren’t available to impoverished college students. It was the waning days of the Richard J. Daley administration, a mix of egregious political corruption, sharp racial tension and serious street crime. And the traffic…

WC, 1957, Two Chum Salmons

WC’s Epic Fails: Truancy and the D-9


WC admits it; he skipped most of a day of elementary school to watch a D-9 get hopelessly mired in the muddy bank of the Kuskokwim River at Bethel, Alaska. It was an early autumn day. Second grade. In WC’s memory, it was a gorgeous, sunny autumn morning. WC was walking from Mission Row, home…

Idaho State Highway 67

Yep. It’s true. (2017 Edition)


Another year on the odometer.1 Idaho 67 connects the town of Mountain Home with Moutain Home Air Force Base. It features tumbleweeds and not much else. The highway, and its assigned number, are adequate to the purpose. Like the highway, a¬†little beat up, but considering some pretty hard use, not bad. Many systems are still…

The James G. Blaine Society


Memory is a tricky thing. As you get older, you become increasingly suspicious of your recollections. But in the video tape recorder in WC’s mind, the last news item on CBS one night in 1970 or 1971 went something like this: Scene: Reporter and Interviewee huddled under umbrellas in furious rain storm, standing ankle-deep in…