August 2, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.


Link to part 2 (36:35).


WordPress seems to have a mind of it’s own and the ability to schedule posts is sketchy at best.  Hopefully I’ll get this worked out.

The recording here starts like the last one, with low batteries that kinda makes dad sound like he’s talking underwater.  Or heavily drugged.  Or using some kind of X-Files voice modulator.  Or something.

It gets better about 17 minutes in… then it gets worse again.  I would apologize for the quality but it’s really dad’s fault, isn’t it?  🙂

He also takes some time to talk about Atlas Shrugged, a book he admired greatly.  Maybe five or six years ago I got my own copy and began reading and I can see why this is such an appealing book to young men.  It celebrates men and women who are supremely competent and brilliant and shows what happens to the world when we do not appreciate them properly.

Holy crap, if I had read this as a young man it would have been like crack.  Good chance if I had gotten my hands on this when I was 19 it would have become my favorite book in no time.  Reading it in my early thirties however, I felt like I was being beaten over the head by it’s message and I stopped a little less than half way through, having thoroughly gotten the point.   At over 1100+ pages long, I think I made the right choice.

One of the interesting aspects of this book is that it’s not just fiction, it’s borders on science fiction.  The technology, the political landscape, the futurism contained within reminded me deeply of a Ray Bradbury novel.  But Bradbury would have gotten the job done in 240 pages.

He finishes the tape by saying some pretty sweet things about mom.