June 2013

Rolling on into summer. We just marked Dad’s birthday this past June 6. He would have been 90 years old. That day he boarded 705 he was 39.

Received a notice today on the blog that Ebay was selling photos of Flight 705′s accident online. Sure enough. Graphic images of the crash site, as well as the victims, and, sadly, those who lost loved ones that day as they received the news while waiting at Chicago’s airport. It seemed unconscionable that these relics of the accident should be for sale. After contacting the company selling them, [a firm that does business digitizing newspaper photo archives and placing all the photos for sale on Ebay], they graciously agreed to remove the crash site photos from the website. Suggested to them that they send the photos to the Northwest Orient Archive at the Minnesota State Historical Society.

In the course of the day, discovered this poignant article by another person affected by Flight 705′s loss: here’s to the memory of her grandmother

http://airplanereading.org/story/119/i-wish-this-were-fiction

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7 Responses to June 2013

  1. Kathy Feller Summers says:

    Thank you so much for taking such good care of our loved ones and memories.
    Kathy Feller Summers

  2. T.L. Heil says:

    It’s an honor to do it. Thanks for your note Kathy.

  3. T.L. Heil says:

    Special thanks to Darrien at Argenta Images. He emailed today to say he’d found more photos online and was taking them down off Ebay. It’s honorable when people put decency above profit and his attention is much appreciated.

  4. Emma Fox says:

    Thank you for sharing the ‘I wish this were fiction’ post- very well written and and interesting read!

  5. Thank you, T.L. for your devotion to our losses and our loved ones’ legacies. Thank you for the link to my story. We all are bonded by our pain and love.
    Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, Granddaughter of Fannie Lebedow

  6. Thank you, Emma for your comments to my “I Wish This Were Fiction”.

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