Evening Open Thread: Long ago and brand new

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Good Evening

Just two quick links to share with you tonight….

NY WWII Vet Receives Long-Lost Dog Tag From France

Irving Mann has been in business long enough to be skeptical of out-of-the-blue offers that seem too good to be true.

So the founder of Mann’s Jewelers in Rochester was cautious but intrigued when an email arrived at his store from a woman wondering if he could possibly be the Irving Mann whose military tag she said she’d found a day earlier in her barley field in France.

After all, the World War II veteran didn’t recall losing a dog tag after landing in Normandy with the 90th Infantry division on D-Day and fighting across Nazi-occupied France.

Turns out it wasn’t a joke or a scam.

A series of email exchanges between Mann’s daughter-in-law, Charlotte Mann, and the French woman, Sophie LaFollie, eventually convinced the Manns she was for real. For one thing, LaFollie relayed the serial number from the aluminum tag, a number Mann has never forgotten: 42023412.

“She specifically said, ‘I’m not interested in any kind of reward. The only thing I’m interested in is what happened to you that you would have lost your dog tag where I found it,'” Mann said.

WWII-Found Dog Tag.JPEG

Then the beat-up pendant arrived in the mail, leaving Mann to marvel at its journey and recall his own through the village near Rethel, France, where his outfit had dug in for a few days’ rest and traded Spam and cigarettes for fresh eggs with two young women in a farmhouse nearby.

“Any (doubting) thoughts I may have had disappeared immediately when I had the dog tag in my hand,” Mann said. LaFollie included a picture of her farmhouse, where her grandmother and aunt had lived during the war. “Memories came flooding back,” the veteran said, remembering how he’d scrambled those eggs in his steel helmet, stirring with his bayonet.

LaFollie, 36, told the family she spotted the glinting dog tag among the stalks in her barley field in Parny-Resson, a village next to Rethel on April 22. She knew from her family that American soldiers had been through during the war.

More of the story at the link.

That story Mann tells reminds me of the movie Battleground, were Van Johnson has scrabbled the eggs in his helmet and can never stop long enough to cook them.

Van Johnson

The other link I have for you is one I put up last night in the comments, but it was such a nice story: Amy Beth Cavaretta Gives Birth Outside Florida Hospital, Is Captured In Amazing Images (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

When it’s time, it’s TIME!

A South Florida mom gave birth clutching a wheelchair on a sidewalk early Friday morning outside a Boca Raton hospital — and Miami-based birth photographer Emily Robinson captured the incredible moment in unforgettable images.

“It was the first time I ever saw a mother be wheeled INTO the hospital holding her new baby,” Robinson wrote on her blog. “It was the fastest, most incredible, beautiful, wild birth I’ve ever had the pleasure to document.”

Robinson’s client Amy Beth Cavaretta, who along with her husband, Joe, is a photojournalist for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, had told Robinson she experienced a fast birth with her first daughter and handled pain well. So Robinson figured it would be a good chance to follow a family from home to the hospital instead of meeting them inside.

“I did not know that I was going to have a baby on the sidewalk,” Cavaretta laughed.

“When we pulled up to the hospital, there wasn’t any sort of panic — nobody thought the baby was going to come right then,” Robinson said. “The midwife was out there waiting for us, coincidentally, and that’s when Amy walked up to the curb and leaned into the pillar and said, ‘The baby is coming out.'”

The new mom told The Huffington Post that midwife Laurie Ross-Berke held the baby’s head between her legs while her husband ran for a wheelchair, then caught adorable little Sienna Grace as she met the world right there on the sidewalk.

There are more photos here at this link: Speedy delivery! – Boca Raton birth photographer | emilyrobinsonphoto

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8 Comments on “Evening Open Thread: Long ago and brand new”

  1. dakinikat says:


    old but good and the comments are priceless.

    A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying, “In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education. I say especially higher education, but not because pre- school, elementary, and secondary education are less important. Success at every level of education obviously depends on what has gone before. But for better or worse, the quality of postsecondary education and research affects the quality and effectiveness of education at every level.”

    corporations want us to be sheeple

  2. RalphB says:

    Statesman: Officials: Gunman in Texas rampage was Marine

    Eden — A man suspected in a Central Texas shooting rampage that left one woman dead and five others wounded was a Marine who was wanted for questioning in a slaying in North Carolina, officials said Monday.

    The rampage Sunday morning ended when Esteban J. Smith, 23, of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, N.C., died in a gunfight with an agency trooper and a state game warden, said Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

    Six others were shot, one fatally, in the pre-dawn rampage across West Texas’ rolling plains, Vinger said in a statement issued Monday.

    Another well armed nutter goes batshit!

  3. NW Luna says:

    Wonderful pics on photographer Emily Robinson’s site. And sounds like they had a wonderful nurse-midwife! Glad mother and baby are OK — fast births can be rough on the mother. The photo of the family with their oldest daughter holding the newborn is my favorite.