Now how is this for a modern wonder: A man calls me from Houston. He’s in his 90s and served in World War II. Would I call him back?
Of course I did. He had grown up in Austin. He told me a bit about a particular battle and that he’d recently received an honor on the deck of Battleship Texas from the French government.
Also, there had been a story in the Statesman in 1945 about him.
I asked where he lived in Houston: It’s the same Brookdale facility where my parents lived for years! At Brookdale, he’s known as the “Lammes Kid” because he passes out pralines as gifts.
Then he said he couldn’t track down the Statesman article from 1945.
Thanks to the free, searchable ProQuest digital database that anyone can access through the Austin Public Library, two minutes later I had a PDF of the story about his commission headed to B.M. Wright by email.