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04/26/04: I'm about halfway through the 8-hour BBC Radio adaptation of the first three Foundation books by Isaac Asimov, and so far, it's been terrific. The sound effects and the use of electronic noise make it a little cheesy in that early-'70s Dr. Who way, but I'm finding the story to be really interesting. Much more so than my previous exposure to Foundation.

It was the mid '70s, I was maybe 12 or 13, and the family and I were in Hyde Park. We probably were there for lunch at that place with the peanut shells on the floor, and we wandered into a bookstore in the basement level of one of the buildings. It had rows and rows of paperbacks, and I remember my parents talking to the shop owner about me. I don't recall the beginning of the conversation (I don't remember much of the conversation at all, really) but I do remember them asking the guy about science fiction books, and telling him that they were looking for something a little more "mature", now that I was getting older. Maybe they were trying to steer me away from the comic books that my brothers and I were just discovering.

Whatever the case, the guy pointed them to Foundation. He said that he thought I would really enjoy it. In fact, he said, if I didn't like it, they could bring it back and he would refund their money. So they bought it, along with another book that I picked out, the first volume of a series starring someone called the Avenger, with the eye-catching title of "Justice, Inc."

Well, we took the books home, and I started to read Foundation. Man, what a dry book! All politics and philosophy. Not exactly the thing to hold a 12 year-olds attention. But the Avenger? Wow! Two-fisted action of the highest order. I had to get more, which led me first to Doc Savage, then The Shadow, The Spider, G-8, the Secret Six, Captain Satan, and all the rest of the pulp characters from the '30s and '40s. Maybe not classic literature, but mighty fine reading, usually with a strong sense of right and wrong. Just what a growing boy needs. And they also fostered an interest in books that manifests itself in the hundreds of books that are stored away in bookshelves and boxes around our apartment.

And Foundation? We never got around to taking it back, even though I never did finish it. I know it's still around here somewhere. Maybe I'll give it another try after I'm done with the radio version. Right after I finish reading that next Doc Savage novel.

04/11/04: Happy Easter! Hope everyone has their Easter Bonnet on, except for our friends' daughter Mary, who says, "It's not a bonnet, it's a HAT!"

We have a new picture on Stephie's Art Page. It is a diptych that she did when she took an oil painting class at the Oak Park Art League.

Also, next Sunday, April 18th, we'll be at the reception and awards ceremony for the Best of the Best exhibit at the West Suburban Fine Arts Alliance at the Fine Arts Building at Triton College. The Southwest News-Herald says:
The annual "Best of the Best" exhibit of work by artists affiliated with art guilds in the west, southwest and northwest suburbs can be seen until Sunday, April 18 at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., in River Grove. All of the work displayed has been judged at the local level and received an "award of excellence." Artists will be available to discuss their work at a reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18. The exhibit is sponsored by the West Suburban Fine Arts Alliance. For more information, call (630) 257-9027.

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