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3/17/08 – Okay, Two More Quick Things

Two more quick things while I have a very brief lull at work.

One is a story from MSNBC.com which talks about something that most of us – including myself – forget when remembering or celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. That being, well, Ireland itself and in particular the prosperity it’s experiencing and the major turnaround that country has done in just about a single generation. Interesting read, that one.

Even moreso interesting is a story that has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day at all. None the less, it’s a story that I think is worth hearing just for the sheer fascination factor of it. It’s “The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar,” and it’s the story for this past weekend’s edition of “This American Life” with Ira Glass. Bobby Dunbar disappeared over 80 years ago, and was found with a wanderer some eight months later and returned to his parents. But that’s nary the beginning of the story, which stretches out to present day and the ultimate truth that’s revealed only after 80 plus years of questions and one woman’s search to find out the truth about her own family.

The website’s here, which includes a free download of the episode. Definitely give it a listen. It’s a story that seems to be crying out to made into a screenplay, with the conflict that erupts over the search for truth, and the portrait it paints of the American family, particularly the conflict between the reality of family versus the tenuous grip many hold over their idea of family and maintenance of their status quo. Check it out.

More later…maybe?

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  1. March 18, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I listened to that this weekend! Well a good chunk of it anyway, on my way home Friday. I actually didn’t think it was all that compelling a story.

    That’s not true. It is pretty compelling. I just wasn’t particularly interested in it. Not quite sure why.

    I heart This American Life. Did you see the TV series?

    • March 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm

      You weren’t interested because you have a deep, dark, empty hole where your heart should be. That or there was too much twang for you to handle. 🙂

      And I heart it as well, and yes, I have seen some episodes. I’m thinking of picking up Season 1 on DVD if I can find it somewhere that’s selling it for a reasonable price.

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