May 4th, 2012 by Gary Osberg

Good morning from Collegeville,

My Dad served in the Pacific during the war. His brother-in-law, my Uncle El, served there also. One of the photos that I had restored is a shot of Dad and Uncle El smoking cigars on an island after V-J Day. You can tell by the look on his face that the canteens did not have water in them.

Later on Dad enlisted in the Army and we ended up in Vienna, Austria. One of the items that Ma brought back was a very old statue, a warrior with a breast plate and a sword on his hip. She had her neighbor Harold convert it into a lamp. It ended up broken and in three pieces in a box in the basement of The Parsonage in Upsala. Ickler Company in St. Cloud soldered it and through my connections at The Paramount Art Trust, I found a “bronzer” in Howard Lake, INNOCAST Execuline, to finish it. It turned out that the tip of the shaft and the feather were gold leaf. I have attached a picture. Check out

The nausea is back with a vengeance, so I will be out for at least a week, maybe more. I thank all of you who expressed your concern and I hope to be back soon.

The show this week is live from the State Theater in Minneapolis. Special guests include singing idol Pop Wagner, Minnesota folkie, Charlie Maguire and bluesman Tony Glover along with harmonica legend Howard Levy, flat picker Dean Magraw and singer Andra Suchy. Enjoy the show, better yet go to the show.

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What other say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinion and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” The second agreement from “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

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