David’s Diary – April 12, 1970

Sunday, 12 April 1970

How lousy I felt this morning! Got up about 9:00. Shaved, then went to work on final preparations for the service, practiced sermon—no Sunday school class. Got to the church about 10:35. Set up tape recorder—I preached on Pope John XXIII—had a tape of him which I played (about minute + a half) to open the sermon. Got home—had lunch, spent some time out in the yard. Tried to nap, but little luck. So we went for a walk. Stopped in to see Barbara + Hazle Lord—and I went to Loyd Starretts to give him $20 for the youth group’s handing out leaflets. After visiting with the Lords we came on back home. Took Millpond pictures.—sacked out, Θ—while we were trying to nap, Dick Bamforth came to the door—with check for $100—in payment for my Lenten lecture series. We didn’t nap after that. I worked at my desk—wrote some letters—to BUST faculty acknowledging my acceptance of the Fellowship. Sent money to New York for our theatre tickets. We ate supper about 6:30. Then took Debbie to the Lewis—Carol now 1 week overdue—they didn’t want to go to the play reading—but we went while they kept Debbie. Play reading at Rapps: A Case of Libel. Picked up Debbie, home by 11:00; watched news, bathed together, OBLO, 12:15.

Monday, 13 April 1970

Can’t recall when I got up. Had breakfast, shaved—while I was doing this Maria called—from Margaret’s apartment—where she had spent the night. She + Bill Matheson had put Alan in the hospital yesterday—after he had suffered a convulsion on the beach near his house. After the mail came I went over to Margaret’s—saw Maria. Then shortly before noon I went to the Post Office—and to the Super. of School office (Mrs. Gardner) to leave the leaflets on the drug program. Came home, had lunch. Bonnie left for work. Debbie played + napped in the afternoon. I napped a while too, but also spent a lot of time with desk work—wrote to David Watson. Just for the fun of it I started on an interesting book: The World of the Vatican—I’ve had it in my library for some time, but my interest has been sparked by last week’s reading on Pope John. Fixed supper. We ate about 6:30—watched CBS news. We got a call from Carol Lewis—her water has broken. During the evening I did some phoning, read more in the Vatican book, also did work on the annotated bibliography for seminar—started reading Russell’s book, The Jews from Alex. to Herod. Stopped to watch the news at 11:00—trouble aboard Apollo 13—power failure; when Bonnie got home we bathed together; watched Johnny Carson; OBLO, 12:55.

Tuesday, 14 April 1970

Pulled out of bed (before 8:00) by the telephone—Jerry Lewis calling—Carol gave birth around 6 o’clock to a boy = Christopher Paul. We went back to bed—but didn’t get back to sleep. Got up, had breakfast. I needed to go to Gloucester. Got gas, went to the Post Office with letter to David Watson + Mrs. Myers—I dashed off a note to her after breakfast. In Gloucester I got some note-book paper and typewriter ribbon. On the way home I stopped at the Rockport Library and got a copy of The Miracle Worker. Home in time for Bonnie to keep her appointment with Drue at 11:00 for a haircut. Read in The World of the Vatican until mail came—then read further. Fixed lunch. Debbie fell down the front stairs—bruised, mouth bleeding—but apparently nothing worse—we were sure scared. Ate lunch—Bonnie left for work. Took two photos of D. in living room—Debbie napped—I read more in World of Vatican—pleasure reading. Also did my Aramaic assignment. Late in the afternoon Debbie and I spent some time in the yard and I took several pictures. I got back to Aramaic—she napped. We got a simple supper when Bonnie got home—ate, watched CBS news. The situation with Apollo 13 is tense. Administrative Board 7:30-8:45—here at parsonage. More reading; phone calls with Margaret re: Alan—out of hospital—nasty again; worked on Dead Sea Scroll lecture; phone call from Marty in Schen.; bathed; watched news, more work, OBLO 12:35.

Wednesday 15 April 1970

Up about 7:00—shaved, had breakfast—caught the 8:15 train to Boston. Arrived in the city about 9:30. Took the trolley to Park Street—it was a beautiful spring day—I walked down Washington Street, the(n) cut across Boston Common—went to 14 Beacon to the Mass. Council of Churches office to pick up a box of pamphlets on drugs. Then walked back to Park Street station—got off subway at Copley—spent some time in Cokesbury—bought several books—then headed to BU. As soon as I got there I found out that seminar had been canceled. Elaine Follis was at home ill—and it was her day to present a paper. I did various errands and did some bibliographical work. Then I left about 2:15—went to N. Station, caught the 3:00 train to Rockport. Arrived home about 4:15. Relaxed, read—we had an early supper—because Bonnie wanted to do some sewing with Drue. Ate about 6:00. Then watched CBS news. In the evening I finished The World of the Vatican, did phoning—called Elaine Follis—also Don McGaw—re: directions on getting to NY city. The latter part of the evening was spent working on my Dead Sea Scroll lecture—getting final form typed—which I hope will remain fairly unchanged for a long time. 11 o’clock watched news; bathed together—watched 30 min special on Apollo 13—few min. of Johnny Carson. OBLO 12:45.

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One thought on “David’s Diary – April 12, 1970

  1. davidmadison1942

    “Sent money to New York for our theatre tickets.” Yay!!!!

    “Stopped to watch the news at 11:00—trouble aboard Apollo 13—power failure” Hmmm…worse than that. 😦

    “typewriter ribbon” Oh yes, those pains in the neck 🙂

    “Debbie fell down the front stairs—bruised, mouth bleeding—but apparently nothing worse—we were sure scared.” Disaster in space, disaster at home! 😦

    “As soon as I got there I found out that seminar had been canceled. Elaine Follis was at home ill—and it was her day to present a paper.” No cell phones, no texting. Sigh.

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