Letter to Dad

February 26, 2016

I was talking yesterday to someone who turns out to be quite a Harry Truman fan.  He has also helped me deal with things having to do with my father, without ever having met him.  So I told him about my father’s letter from Harry Truman, which was a reply to a letter my father had sent him.  My dad was a fan of Truman’s, too.  I told the person I would dig out the letter and send them a scan of it later in the day.  Which I did.  (I included the envelope, since the letter does not include a greeting.)  I think they liked it.

I thought I’d post it here, too.

KM Truman letter

I also sent this person an image of a work photo of my dad, from probably the 1960s, for which credit goes to Flight Control, The Bendix Corporation, Eclipse-Pioneer Division, Teterboro, New Jersey.  I thought I’d post that here, as well:


Kurt Moses

When this person expressed their delight with the letter, I told them how glad I was to have found a truly interested audience for the letter.  And it’s true, I got a big charge out of connecting this person who really appreciated the item with this thing that was so important to my father.  I also hoped it would sort of flesh out their understanding of my dad.  Perhaps in that vein, their reaction to the photo was to note the family resemblance between my dad and me.  I am aware of it myself, of course, but it was interesting to be reminded that it is noticeable to others.  That resemblance is something to reflect on in maybe a different way now that my dad is gone — maybe from this vantage point, I can see the connection in a fresh light.



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