Lithuanian independence

Kovo 11 means March 11, the day 30 years ago when Lithuania declared its independence.

I took this photo in June 1992 in front of the Lithuanian Parliament building. 

The barbed wire was from 1990-1992 when leaders of the newly independent State of Lithuania barricaded themselves in the building which was the “heart of Lithuania” and political center of the country. 

“Kovo 11” means March 11, the day in 1990 when Lithuania became the first Soviet state to dare to declare its independence from the Soviet Union.  “Islandja” refers to Iceland, the first country to recognize Lithuania’s independence. 

The Soviets grudgingly accepted Lithuanian independence a year and a half later in September, 1991.  The barbed wire and other signs of the barricades were still there when I took this picture 9 months later in a symbolic protest of the Red Army troops that were still stationed in the country.

The Story of the Great Japanese-American Novel

Note: This article refers to my old friend Frank Abe who has done some very important writing about John Okada.

John Okada’s “No-No Boy” captures the injustice of incarcerating Japanese-Americans during World War II — and serves as a warning today for our own fractured society.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Early Ventura County’s Newspaper Wars (via Museum of Ventura County)

Early Ventura County newspapers offered one of the few ways to connect pioneer communities with stories, opinions, and news of the day. The first newspapers in Ventura County were all closely identified with political parties and had unyielding editors who loved to rile up the community and often teetered on the edge of libel.

Source: Museum of Ventura County

Listening to D-Day 75 Years Ago

Courtesy of The National WWII Museum

Today is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and the Battle of Normandy.  On this day in 1944 and the summer that followed, soldiers from all over the world came to Normandy to fight Nazism and re-establish freedom.

Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties.

Five years ago, for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, KFWB News 980 in Los Angeles was able to air recordings made of the station on the night of the D-day invasion.  The programs had not been heard in Los Angeles since they were broadcast live in 1944.

This first story describes the effort to restore these delicate pieces of broadcast history:

The second story describes the reactions of Los Angeles residents when news of the D-Day invasion reached them:

Paul Lowe

Both stories were broadcast on KFWB News 980 and feature the voice of my friend, the very talented Paul Lowe.