When I get older, losing my hair: 64th birthday


My brother John would have been 64 today. By a fitting coincidence, today I delivered the final manuscript of “Immortal For Quite Some Time” to editor John Alley at the University of Utah Press. There will be a year’s lead time, he said, before actual publication in Fall of 2016. But for the moment I have done what I could to keep John Abbott’s memory alive and to makekidsmontpelier good use of his life as I shape my own.

In the process I’ve been looking at some early family pictures, several of which are new to me and all of which made me smile with the pleasure of looking in on my own childhood. In John’s honor, here are a few of them:




About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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6 Responses to When I get older, losing my hair: 64th birthday

  1. alex caldiero says:

    Congratulations on your delivery. It’s been in the making for quite some time.
    “…to make good use of his life as I shape my own.” Hence our beloved dead are not gone. Take this literally, my friend, and even absence becomes a presence.


    • Scott Abbott says:

      Alex, I have come to a similar conclusion. In the manuscript, in a single-sentence autobiography that is a series of . . . after . . . after . . . afters, I write: after I realized that John’s death was not final.
      And, of course, I cite your fine thoughts on the scent of your mother’s sauces.


  2. Dragan Aleksic says:

    Time flies. Autumn 2016 is around the corner. Congratulations! (By the way, beautiful photos.)
    Dragan Aleksic


  3. Scott Abbott says:

    Thanks for the links. I’ll take a look. And I think I told you earlier, at least I hope I did, that I very much enjoyed the Texas story.
    Not sure why Davis wouldn’t reply. It’s his business to find authors, I think. Too bad.


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