Tuesday, February 17, 2009 My Brother

This doesn't fit a Halloween blog very well, but it's on my mind and there you go. My oldest brother Davis was KIA in Vietnam on November 2, 1967. He was one of 28 Marines defending Hill 25 when it was overrun by 100 Viet Cong, and one of ten killed that morning.
In 2001 we got to meet Rich, a survivor of that attack. Rich and his wife Kathy had voice recordings of Davis and two other men made a few weeks before the attack. This video includes those recordings and photos from Hill 25.

Our Remembering Davis memorial site began as a way to share photos with Rich.

Thursday, February 5, 2009 Little Rosalia

This photo of Rosalia Lombardo (1918-1920) was taken around 2007. She is an amazing example of preservation by Dr. Alfredo Salafia, a pioneer in arterial embalming. A recent Nat Geo TV show featured an xray of Rosalia to prove that she was not artificial, and it revealed that even her brain and soft tissues were preserved. Truly amazing and more than a little sad.