ABOUT THE TIME I ALMOST BUTT-STROKED A SPEED GRAPHIC NEWS CAMERA. MERELY SIX MONTHS AFTER THE ARMY TURNED A NEWSPAPERMAN INTO A COP. Photo by Jonathan Talbert on Unsplash

FROM AN ARMY DIARY

October 28 and 29, 1965 — Plenty of German scenery, a lot of it like North Carolina, a lot like nothing seen before. Saarbrucken, a new town with svelte sexy girls. Moselle, a new languid German river. Much waving at kids and exchange of waves with Kraut troops. Shop girls wave and smile. Mona Lisa looks from passing schon frauleins; wind and cold, and C-Rations.

And a question that weighed on me: if Robby hadn’t kidded the Kraut reporter into not focusing on our missile trucks, would I really have butt-stroked his camera? When six months ago, before the Army got me, I was a reporter working every day with news photographers?

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Bill Burkett

Professional writer, Pacific Northwest. 20 Books: “Sleeping Planet” 1964 to “Venus Mons Iliad” 2018–19. Most on Amazon for sale. Il faut d’abord durer.