Midwife in the Tire Swing

Acknowledgments: brickbats, accolades, etc.

Dazl timeoutJohn Pike Grady of Eastport, Maine told me about flying. John graduated Shead High School in 1943 and went directly into the Army Air Corps, was based at Tinian and flew 34 missions over Japan. John’s B-29 was to be “Mission to Albuquerque,” brought down during a low-level raid on Kobe before he could join its crew. He finished the war as right-scanner gunner in the “Mission to Albuquerque II.”

For the purposes of this book the “Miss Taken Identity” is a B-24 in action over Europe. By the end of World War II, the entire Pacific theater heavy bomber force had been converted to B-24s due to their long range and superior flight characteristics. Lucy Hobart flew out of Egypt. Any errors historical or mechanical must fall to me, not to John or Lucy.

Thanks to Jennifer Claire Hunter for “Bergen Street Station,” the cover photograph of Midwife in the Tire Swing’s print edition. And likewise to Vlad Eftenie, architect and photographer of Bucharest, Romania for permission to use his “Strange Revenge” as the Midwife’s website home page greeter. The young woman’s iron is coal powered, thanks for asking. Copyrights remain with the artists.

The original photograph for the onetinleg.com logo, “They All Look at Another Side,” is the copyrighted work of María de la Puente Bernardos and is used by permission.

In Flanders Fields (Chapter 17, “The Titan City”) was written by Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae.

And the photograph of a boy and his chicken enjoying a smoke break, “Portrait of Henri Groulx, ca. 1920,” is by Parisian Studio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Always there for a timely throttle-down on my extravagant verbiage, thanks to Martin Langeland of Seattle USA, the Midwife’s trusted reader, widely schooled in things both great and small.

For more about plumbing the wonders of Midwife in the Tire Swing, see the notes pages for Joanna Southcott, Bride of Christ; Abraxas and Jesse Ventura; and Ludus Litterarum.

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The Rob Hunter Bio

With the onset of late middle age, Rob Hunter is the sole support of a large orange cat and the despair of his young wife. He does dishes, mows the lawn and keeps their Downeast Maine cottage spotless by moving as little as possible. In a former life ¹ he was a newspaper copy boy, railroad telegraph operator, recording engineer and film editor. He spent the 70s and 80s as a Top-40 disc jockey.

Rob won a plaque once, for production excellence, from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. The boss kept it. One of Rob’s engineering projects ² won Senator William Proxmire’s (D-Wisconsin) Golden Fleece Award. 100 Years of Air Power was an Air Force recruiting multimedia presentation shot in Panavision with 70mm slides, quad stereo, the works. It toured in a trailer that sat four.

The nearest town to the Hunters that anybody is likely to have ever heard of―because of Stephen King’s The Langoliers―is Bangor, Maine where there are real parking meters and a traffic light. They drive down every six months or so to watch the light change and see the trains come in. Rob’s wife, Bonnie, is the secretary at a nearby rural elementary school. She is a gifted quilter who beguiled her new husband with the kaleidoscope of patchwork geometry. They live on America’s northeastern border with the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Please note that the border is on the southwest if you are in Canada. This is important if you are not a swimmer.

¹ The Milwaukee Journal; Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific RR Co.; WINS-NYC; WBT-Charlotte; WJAR-Providence; WNDE-Indianapolis; WIVY-Jacksonville; WNEW-NYC; WBAI-Pacifica; WQDY-Calais, Maine.

² Rob’s long-time client at Random House Audiobooks, Sherry Huber, once wangled her team a Spoken Arts Grammy nomination. We didn’t win. The nomination was for The Short Stories of Ray Bradbury.

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