David’s Diary – April 7, 1969

Monday, April 7, 1969

Up shortly after 9:00. Had breakfast, then went to work on my Jerusalem paper; this took most of the day. Got much of it written before noon, stopped for lunch around 1:00. Finished writing about 3:00. Then got to typing. During a study break around 4:00 or 5:00 Bonnie and I discussed Europe again; our on-again off-again trip to England is on again—a nine month stay on borrowed money. Continued working  on the Jerusalem paper, had most of it done when I stopped for supper at 6:30. Watched CBS news. Back to work by 7:30. Finished the paper completely by 8:30, after Bonnie had left for community chorus rehearsal. Cleared up the desk a little, glanced at some material for pseudepigrapha paper, talking with Alan Federick on the phone, got to work on German. Worked steadily at German until about 11:30. I’m not ready for the exam! Off to bathe; off to bed; lights out at midnight. θ+

Tuesday, April 8, 1969

Up about 8:00; shaved, had breakfast, caught the 9:20 train to Boston; was at Klugman’s apartment by 11:10. Worked on German until about 12:00, got to BU by 12:30. Had lunch with Mike Miller, Dr. Lucock [?], Dr. Richardson; archaeology class met at 1:00 instead of 2:00. I presented my supplementary report on Debir, and the Late Bronze report on Jerusalem. At 3:00 when class was over, did xeroxing. At four Bonnie picked me up outside the school. She had come in to town with Pat to see the Gardner museum. We headed home, got here around 5:00. Had tea and relaxed; Pat went home about 6:15. We had supper, watched news. From 7:30 til 8:15 I napped. Then got to work on seminar paper for tomorrow; had about half of it done by 2:00 a.m. Tomorrow will finish—longest passages are behind me; off to bed; lights out 2:10.

Wednesday, April 9, 1969

Up about 8:00; only a bite to eat, then got to work on the paper for seminar. Finished about 10:30, then typed two stencils with some key quotes from the pseudepigraphical books. Finished this shortly before noon; shaved; had lunch, left for BU about 12:40. From 2:00–2:40 had a conference with Dr. Brown to talk about our plans for Europe. 3:00–4:00 read over the seminar paper, then checked at the graduate office about my application for advanced approval of Cambridge work. 4:00-5:45 attended class, drove home, arrived shortly after seven; Bonnie left almost immediately to go to movie with Pat and Alan. Had supper, relaxed, napped; watched TV, then translated German for about an hour. Climbed into the tub—and Bonnie arrived home with Alan + Pat! Finished bathing, we visited; they left about 12:30; off to bed; lights out 1:07.

Thursday, April 10, 1969

Up before 9:30. θ+ before arising. Had a hard time forcing myself to get to work on German. Found things to do at my desk; mailman brought our slides, so we stopped to see them. Had lunch around 12:00. I was left with Debby for the afternoon while Bonnie went to stay with Beck Bussey while Jim took her parents to the airport; Becky’s condition has improved—no miscarriage. I worked on German in the afternoon, although I was interrupted by several phone calls. Stopped for supper around 6:00 – then at 7:00 went to the church to meet with the men’s committee on the building. Started late—didn’t end until about 9:30. Anywhere from 10 to 20 thousand could be spent to fix the church. At 9:30 Mr. Coty + his bride arrived, plus wedding party; we had the rehearsal; I was home by 10:00. Bonnie and I had a snack. I tried to study German some, but rather weary. Off to bed without a bath; relaxed, read, lights out – 11:20.

Friday, April 11, 1969

David with Debby, April 1969

Up about 7:30. Had breakfast, left for Boston, arrived at BU—took the German exam, but there was too much to translate. I didn’t even hand it in—it would have been such a spectacular flunk! So it’s back to work on the Deutsch—it’s going to be a working summer. Had my lunch at the school, then went down to the Copley Square area, browsed in bookstores—then left Boston—went to Lynnfield-Wakefield church to pick up FFR envelopes—but none there. Came on home—here by 2:50. Relaxed, napped. About 5 o’clock we went for a walk—stopped in to see Patriquins—home shortly after 6:00. Watched news, had supper. Was at the church by 7:00—prepared for the wedding—married Henry Coty and Carol McDonald—ceremony at 7:30. From there rushed home—then off to committee meeting at Mrs. Niemi’s house—committee voted to recommend that our church building be sold. Home shortly after 10:00; snack; bathed; off to bed; lights out 11:45.

Saturday, April 12, 1969

Can’t recall when we got up—before 9:00 I’m sure. Changed wayside pulpit, went to post office. In the morning, went to see Kay Patriquin to report on last night’s meeting. Home, shaved, then went to see Sue Lee to tell her about the meeting. We had lunch around 1:00. In the afternoon I wrote letter to Uhlinger, also mimeoed letter to Wesleyan Fellowship, mailed these, went to see Mr. + Mrs. Patience, home again, read some for archaeology. We went to the Kentucky Colonel for supper—that is we brought the chicken on home, after supper I got to work on the sermon—Bonnie went to Community Chorus rehearsal. When she got home we watched movie on TV: Charade—I typed bulletin during commercials! Did not get sermon finished until after the movie was over; off to bed then, lights out 12:55.

Sunday, April 13, 1969

Up before 7:30. Debby woke up early + was bored in crib, so I took her downstairs to allow Bonnie to get some more sleep. Worked on the service—then went back to bed for a while myself. Got up about 9, shaved, dressed, breakfast—off to church by 10:40. Preached on Wesley’s life up to Aldersgate. 46 in church. Home by 12:15—lunch, relaxed, read, napped. Meeting at 3:00 at Episcopal rectory to discuss bringing Black youngster to Rockport for high school. Home by 5:00. Had supper, then back to studying—working on Pritchard’s book: Gibeon. Made good progress in this. In the evening went to the Community Chorus. Bonnie went early—left Debby at Patriquins, then went to join the choir. I went with Alan + Pat. Program lasted til about 9:00, we went to Patriquins, were home by 10:45, I got to work again with Gibeon, about 11:00 stopped to bathe; more reading; lights out 12. θ+

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1 thought on “David’s Diary – April 7, 1969

  1. davidmadison1942

    “Finished writing about 3:00. Then got to typing.” It took me a long, long time to break the habit of writing stuff long-hand, then typing the text.

    “Then got to work on seminar paper for tomorrow; had about half of it done by 2:00 a.m.” Yikes! 😦

    “Anywhere from 10 to 20 thousand could be spent to fix the church.” Wow. The place burned down in 1982.

    “Up about 7:30. Had breakfast, left for Boston, arrived at BU—took the German exam, but there was too much to translate. I didn’t even hand it in—it would have been such a spectacular flunk! So it’s back to work on the Deutsch—it’s going to be a working summer.” Yes, I remember working on German when we were vacationing at Lake George in July.

    “Preached on Wesley’s life up to Aldersgate.” Yawn.


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