David’s Diary – 24 March 1971

Wednesday, 24 March 1971

[photos at Virginia Bate’s birthday party]

Up about 8:00; shaved, had a hearty breakfast. Today was devoted to studying—and a little fun. I went to St. Mary’s to study. Got there about 9:10—left about 12:20—and got a lot accomplished, about 40 pp. in Bright. I turned on the heat for the rock group on my way home. Had lunch—glanced through Newsweek while it was being prepared. After eating I frosted the cake which Bonnie had made this morning—for Virginia Bate’s birthday party. About 1:45 I got back to reading. About 2:30–3:00 I napped. This refreshed me and I went back to reading—I kept at it til about 4:40 when we got ready to go to Virginia’s apartment. When we got in the hallway outside her apartment I lit the candles on the cake, then when she opened the door, the three of us went parading in, singing Happy Birthday. Most of the other invited guests were there too already, so they joined in. There were 8 of us altogether—we had supper and cake—and a good time. Virginia was genuinely surprised. And we all got a wonderful present while gathered there: Virginia got a phone call from a friend with the news that the Senate had voted down further funding of the SST by 51 to 46! Most of the guests (3) left before dark, but we stayed through CBS news. Came home, watched TV. 8:30 I went to the church to turn off the heat. Came home, read in Bright while Bonnie watched TV. Made very good progress today reading. Bathed about 11:15. Read more. OBLO  c. 12:20.

Thursday, 25 March 1971

Up shortly after 8:00. Had breakfast after shaving—prepared immediately to go to St. Mary’s. Got there about 9:15. Chatted briefly with Dick Bamforth [1] before beginning and during a study break. By the time I came home for lunch about 12:30 I had made decent progress. Dick Bamford handed me his recent letter from Alan Federick. I brought it home—read it to Bonnie during lunch. In the morning Bonnie had given Debbie a haircut, in preparation for having her picture taken at Mals this afternoon. After eating, I lay down for a nap—until about 2:00. Then I read briefly while Bonnie went for milk—when she returned I left for St. Mary’s again. Except for one break (strolled up to our church to confer with the rock group, but they weren’t there) I stuck to the reading until about 5:30. Came home, helped fix supper. After eating relaxed with CBS news, What’s My Line. Then returned to reading—I had planned to take a break to watch Ironside, but it wasn’t on tonight due to a ballgame—so I read all evening until about 10:15. Am compiling a list of  “most admired Americans”—the 10 most admired in the US today seem to be most well-known i.e., Nixon, Agnew, Billy Graham. But my list includes I.F. Stone, Ramsey Clark; David Harris (husband of Joan Baez), [2] Ralph Nader, Walter Cronkite, Jesse Jackson—not necessarily in that order. Bathed before 11:00. Relaxed, read; OBLO  c. 11:50.

Friday, 26 March 1971

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast. I got to St. Mary’s by 8:45, joined with Dick Bamforth in morning prayer—he said that he usually was joined by someone—although no one came this morning beside myself. When this was over I retired to my little nook downstairs. I devoted my morning to writing the sermon. And by the time I had to leave for home shortly before noon, I finished. Lunch was on the table when I got home. After Bonnie left for work, I fixed the door in Debbie’s room—i.e., I put the strip along the bottom to prevent air-flow between her room and the back room—since the back room isn’t heated. Shortly thereafter Debbie settled down for her nap. I relaxed—I was pretty bushed. I looked through Life magazine, read the article on Walter Cronkite—then tried to nap. About 3 o’clock Margaret Reilly was knocking at the door. She didn’t stay, she just wanted to pick up Alan Federicks letter which she’d left for me to read; Fred was with her. I then got to work, writing the final form of my sermon. I didn’t get it all done by suppertime. Bonnie got home early, and we debated about what exciting thing we could do for the evening—but there were no good films. So after supper and CBS news etc, she read; I went downstairs and listened to the first two sides of Mozart’s Magic Flute—with the headphones. Then bathed; 9:30–10:00 watched The Odd Couple—then Θ+ —happy days are here again—Bonnie’s infection past. LO c. 10:30.


[1] https://obittree.com/obituary/us/maine/augusta/plummer-funeral-home/rev-richard-bamforth/2816028/  Turns out that Rev. Bamforth survived until 2017.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Baez  Her relationship with David Harris, including marriage and divorce, is mentioned in this article.

David’s diary, 26 March 1971

©2017 copyright owned and transcribed by David Madison and Deborah Sweeney
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2017/12/26/davids-diary-24-march-1971/

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