Berlin just after war’s end

A mere 15 years later, as a military kid living in Germany, my 8th grade class had a three day field trip to Berlin. It was completely rebuilt in the western side. We loved the place. My father flew for 15 months in the Berlin airlift, an extraordinary military-led...

Khrushchev and a memory of my father

I stumbled across this episode of PBS’ American Experience this week. It had a special meaning to me because of my father’s brief involvement in the story. Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet dictator, made his first visit to the USA at the invitation of...

The New York Times discovers pizza (1944)

Some fun looking back. It has been a staple of New York (not to mention newsrooms) for so long that it is hard to imagine a time when pizza needed an introduction. But that’s what it got on Sept. 20, 1944 — at a time when Italy was full of American troops who were...