In this year, 2016, my life has got unstuck from its old patterns and is moving forward with a jolt. My younger son, Jack, got married in April. My elder son, Fred, is due to get married this November. My wife Sheila’s younger son, Danny, is due to get married in December. I am on calendar to turn 75 in the fall. I’ve closed my law office, donated hundreds of books to the library, and moved my work area into a much smaller space.
Suddenly, the project of digitizing the stacks of photo albums, VHS videos and cassette tapes that have been gathering dust for decades has moved to the front burner. There are events, buried in neglected archives, that deserve to rise into the light. There are young women who will want to see photos of their beloveds as babies and youths, and of their parents. There may well be grandchildren who, one day, will squeal with delight at these images and sounds. And I don’t have room to store all this bulk. If I fail to digitize these albums while I’m still kicking, they may be lost forever.
My photo archive has lots of gaps. I couldn’t be everywhere and photograph everything. For what it may be worth, here are my albums.