Saturday, August 30, 2014

More Pictures Of Rachel Stewart And Her Family

The above picture is one of the last sunsets we saw on Sanibel Island Florida this past January 2014.
Click to enlarge it. Florida. has the best sunrises and sunsets of any place I know. Rachel took this picture and posted it on her blog.

Picture of Rachel and her 5 brothers and 2 sisters way back when. She is the oldest and is holding her cat.

Rachel and some C&O Canal friends. She is on the front row bottom right.

Rachel driving a canal boat somewhere in Europe.

Here is one of Rachel I had not seen before.

Rachel and I long ago. I haven't worn bluejeans is over 15 years. Here she is making waffles. This photo is from so long ago. Maybe 20 years ago. Ray took this picture sometime around 1994..

Ray Stewart and Joe B.long ago. Same Christmas as above.

Ray next to his mother and holding his little boy Matthew. And the rest a bunch of Lefebures eating crabs as usual. This one is from not long ago.  Maybe 3 or 4 years ago.

Rachel, Tara, Ray and Joe B. after Matthew's baptism Maybe 5 or 6 years ago.
Ray and Tara's place New York City. The way we were.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Joe B. Mobile 1971

Click to enlarge this picture. Taken in Mobile, Alabama in 1971. Notice the tall pine trees.

More Photos Of Camp Hero State Park As It Is Today

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Montauk State Park Visit One Year Ago Today

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The above url has the best pictures of Montauk State Park I could find. I could not get it to link so you can cut and paste it to Yahoo Search or Google Search.

The weather was really nice that day. We went to Camp Hero also. A former Air Force Base during WW2 and a radar station. Given by the US New York State to add to Montauk State Park.
You can read about Camp Hero in the link below.

The pictures below are from the page from wikipedia on the WW2 Air Force Base at Montauk Point named Camp Hero. Now it is part of Montauk State Park and you can drive in and around the former Air Force Base and still see the buildings and gun emplacements and the Radar Station

Friday, August 22, 2014

Rachel Lefebure Stewart At Ray And Tara's House In Southampton NY One Year Ago Today August 22, 2013

This picture was taken one year ago today.  Rachel relaxing by the pool. August 22, 2013.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

More Photos Of Joe And Rachel In Southampton August 2013

Montauk Lighthouse.

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Rachel took this picture at Montauk Point of a fisherman and his catch.
She said they were bluefish.

And this is the other sweet picture of Rachel I was looking for.
Rachel at the Montauk Lighthouse.

The one above is really from July 2013 at the beach with Obree and Matthew her two grandsons.

The picture  above was taken in July 2010.

Rachel And Joe In Southampton One Year Ago.....August 2013

These photos were taken by Rachel Stewart last August 2013.

This is the picture I was really looking for. I can't remember if I took this picture of Rachel myself or if she did it herself with her own camera and timer. Click on these pictures to enlarge them.

One year ago today Rachel and I left our home in Arlington Virginia to go to Southampton on Long Island to house sit for Ray and Tara while they were away on vacation. Lucky us. The book I am reading in the top photo  is a memoir by Willie Morris about his friend James Jones. It is titled "A FRIENDSHIP". 
Willie Morris lived in Sagaponack back in the 1970s and so did James Jones.

I had no way of knowing how special this vacation for us would become. Along with her 3 weeks in the South of France in September with her C&O Canal friends and their World Canal Conference these were some of her last really good days.

We did go to Sanibel Island in Jan. 2014 as we always did for the last 15 years but she was suddenly much sicker then. Still we had no idea how bad it really was. Not until we got back to Va. and she went in the Northern Va. Hospital in Arlington, Va and had the biopsy on Feb. 10th and we got the results on Feb. 13 that it was mesothelioma. A deadly fatal lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos which could have occurred 30 or 40 years ago.

They told us she might live 3 to 6 months. That was very wrong. She died on March 8th, 2014. Only 18 days after we left the hospital. It was like losing her in a car wreck or train wreck or airplane crash.
It was too sudden. And too terrible.

So I want to post some photos from one year ago August 2013. A far happier time. She was ill but we did not know just how ill. I later said we had been living in a fool's paradise. I meant we thought she would live along time with what she had been diagnosed in Feb. 2013 as having(pulmonary fibrosis).
We never heard the word mesothelioma or lung cancer until Feb.13th 2014. It was a heart breaking diagnosis.

Oriental Strutt Tuba Skinny In France At Jazz Fest One Month Ago

Broken Hearted Blues Tuba Skinny In France Same Location As Above

Friday, August 8, 2014

No Direction Home By Robert Shelton Bio Of Bob Dylan Is The Best Of The Lot.

This is the best biography of Bob Dylan's early life and career. The childhood and teenage section in Hibbing, Minnesota is riveting.

Below are some pages from the book that describe a road trip Bob Dylan made in 1964 with a stop over in New Orleans during Mardi Gras of that year.

I met Bob and Victor Maymudes on Mardi Gras Day that year.
What follows are my memories which I wrote in 1967 of that time and sent to my brother who passed it along to Robert Shelton who incorporated it into his book. Being a real gentleman he gave me full credit in the text.

I also posted and expanded and updated a corrected version on my blog in Dec. 2009.
You can find it by clicking on the Label below. Just click on Mardi Gras 1964.

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New Book About Bob Dylan I Have Been Waiting For For 50 Years From Tapes Made By His Road Manager and Bodyguard Victor Maymudes

Cut and paste the above link in Yahoo or Google search to read about this forthcoming book due out in September.
This will be the real insiders story told by Victor Maymudes Bob's friend and road manager from the early days.
Search on this blog for more on Victor Maymudes and Bob Dylan.

Here is the book as shown on

And here is my post about Bob Dylan at Mardi Gras in New Orleans in Feb. 1964.

Search tally ho! bob dylan mardi gras 1964.

My material was used by Robert Shelton in his bio of Dylan titled NO DIRECTION HOME.
Now I see from reading pages in this book Jacob Maymudes has also used my material about that Mardi Gras in his book. He used my quotes as well. I told him a year ago he could use my material if he would give me credit. But he has put my words in his father's telling of the events of that Mardi Gras.  He ripped me and my words off. And he does not give me credit.
Instead he changed some few things and got many of the facts wrong.

Compare the quotes in this new book with what I wrote back in 2009
Plus I have much more detailed information on Bob Dylan at that Mardi Gras. Look at my blog post for the real  true story of what went on at that Mardi Gras 1964.

You can also click on the Label Mardi Gras 1964 Bob Dylan in the Label box below to find my posts about that time and place. And click on the Label No Direction Home to read what I and Robert Shelton wrote in his book of that same name. And you will clearly see where Jacob Maymudes stole my words and writings and put them in his book claiming they came from his father's tapes.
I challenge him to provide audio tapes of his father saying those words.