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 make 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: