FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--MORE PEOPLE DIED IN WARS IN THE 20TH CENTURY THAN IN ALL OTHER WARS THROUGHOUT ALL HUMAN HISTORY COMBINED. THERE IS REASON TO BE GRATEFUL THE 20TH CENTURY HAS PASSED, BUT THERE IS NO REASON AT ALL…TO FORGET IT.
Wolfe: History is everywhere, it’s just waiting to be recognized and connected with.
ROBERT WOLFE REMEMBERS THE 20TH CENTURY; HE LIVED THROUGH MOST OF IT. AND AT 80 PLUS YEARS OF AGE HE HAS WRITTEN DOWN THOSE MEMORIES IN A NEW BOOK ‘MY TIME: LIFE AND TIMES IN THE 20TH CENTURY’, ABOUT GROWING UP IN INDIANA DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION, RELATIVES ALL CROWDING IN TO ONE SMALL HOUSE TO SAVE MONEY…INCLUDING HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER, WHO MARCHED WITH SHERMAN AS A DRUMMER BOY DURING THE CIVIL WAR.
Wolfe: Even though those days were considered a little rugged if not Spartan, there are warm memories related to it.
SCHOOL DAYS IN COLUMBUS INDIANA… PAPER ROUTES AND FAMILY GATHERINGS...AND THE OCCASIONAL INTRUSION OF HISTORY INTO EVERYDAY LIFE…LIKE THAT SUNDAY YOUNG BOB WOLFE WAS READING COMICS AND LISTENING TO THE RADIO.
Wolfe: And suddenly the radio interrupted and he said ‘We interrupt this broadcast to announce Japanese warplanes have bombed Pearl Harbor.’
THREE YEARS LATER WOLFE IS FIGHTING THE GERMANS IN EUROPE. THE WAR ENDS…THERE IS MARRIAGE, CAREER, CHILDREN, GRAND AND NOW GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. AND ADVICE, FROM ONE WHO’S LIVED THROUGH SOME OF THE WORST LIFE HAS TO OFFER.
Wolfe: If you concentrate on the basics of taking life as it is and making the best of it as you live it, if you keep a positive attitude, you can prevail.
WISDOM BORNE OF A LIFE WELL LIVED, A LIFE VERY WELL REMEMBERED. ERIC OLSON OUT IN YOUR COUNTRY.
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