Vocabulary #49: Veterans Day

Veterans Day- November 11, observed in the United States in honor of the armed services and in commemoration of the armistice that ended WW l in 1918.

A soldier says good bye to his wife at Penn Station in New York, 1944.

(Photo- Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life Magazine)

Note- One of the most realistic and highly praised television shows depicting World War ll was ‘Combat!’ which aired in the 1960’s. The cast included the late Vic Morrow who was a gifted actor and at times a director for the series. His episode ‘Hills Are For Heroes’ is masterful in its use of camera work and story telling.

Vocabulary #48: Mystery Novel

mystery novel- mystery is a genre of fiction in which a detective, either an amateur or a professional, solves a crime or series of crimes.

Note- I enjoy reading mysteries especially those written by British author Agatha Christie. She had penned over sixty detective stories in her career. One of my favorites was ‘Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case.’ An interesting fact about the book- it was actually done by Christie during the Blitz (WW ll) and stored in a vault to be brought out upon her death. However, it was published in October 1975 with a surprising obituary for Poirot in the New York Times. Christie died in January 1976.

September 2008Tapes Offer Clues to a Master of Mystery

(Vintage book covers– Flickr)