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David’s Diary – March 23, 1970

Monday, 23 March 1970

Up about 8:30. A busy morning; made several phone calls re: Alan and the April 18 drug program. Shaved; worked on getting the stencil cut for the drug program bulletin inserts. About 12:15 Bonnie and I left the house at 12:15. Virginia Bate stayed with Debbie. I left Bonnie at the hospital, dropped in to see Alan, then left for the airport. Got to Logan just about the time the plane was landing. Had to wait only about 5 minutes to get Mr. Federick. We then drove back to Thurston Point. I described Alan and the last ½ year as much as possible. We were back to Alan’s about 2:30. They had a chance to greet one another—then it was decided that his father + I should go get food. We drove to the Stop + Shop—were back by 4 o’clock. I made phone calls—Alan + his father talked. About 4:20 a phone call came as expected from Mrs. Federick. After this was completed Alan broke down, wept in his father’s arms—a very sad scene. I took Mr. Federick to the hospital to have a shot (his monthly shot fell due today). We picked up Bonnie—then left Mr. Federick at Alan’s—came home, took Virginia home, fixed supper, watched CBS news, dozed, had supper. Bonnie went to rehearsal; I finished stencil; worked on Jeremiah—put a few thoughts in order; bathed about 11; OB, Θ+ , LO –

Tuesday, 24 March 1970

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast. My main concern for the day was to get the Jeremiah lecture ready. So I spent the morning on this. Just before 11:00 I got a call from Don McGaw confirming whether or not he was to have lunch with Alan’s father—I said yes. I continued with the lecture. Bonnie + I had lunch, I shaved—she began feeding Debbie, then had to leave for work. While I was working in the kitchen, Don McGaw walked in with Alan’s father. We had a conference—I think that spending the night with Alan—and really seeing his condition—was a shattering experience for the father. We called Murray Sachs, because Mr. Federick wanted to see him; so Don drove him to Brandeis and back. I spent the afternoon on the lecture—then about 4:30 began preparing supper, since I expected Don back. He came in a few minutes after six—had supper with us—we conferred more on Alan. Then Don had to get on back to Medford. After 7:00 I prepared to leave for St. Mary’s. The lecture went well; Bonnie + I stayed around afterwards chatting with Ed Nutting + the Bamforths. Picked up Debbie from Drue, then headed on home. I then got to work typing the stencil for Easter letter + Wesley Fellowship letter; OBLO, 12:45.

Wednesday, 25 March 1970

Up about 8:15—shaved, had breakfast. Left for Gloucester, after getting gas and going to the dump. Jim Bussey and I ran off the bulletin inserts on the drug program—also enough to leaflet the supermarkets. Also ran off my Easter letter + a letter to the Wesleyan Fellowship. We finished up about 11:30. I went over the see the Federicks. Alan was asleep, but his father was awake—he’d been able to get a good night’s sleep. We talked at length about Alan’s future—and the situation is so difficult. Every alternative is fraught with difficulties. I threw away some marijuana which Alan had. On my way home I stopped in Gloucester and got my slides—the duplicate[s] of Fr. Vaillencourt. Got home about 2:00. Had lunch. Then attended to the Easter letter—Bonnie went shopping, I took Debbie on my back. We went to P.O., Epis Church, to Rockport Nat’l bank to leave the Wes. Fellowship letters with Jean Crowell. Home again. Put Debbie down for a nap—and wasn’t much in a mood myself to study; napped. Read the paper when it came. Fixed supper;—when Bonnie returned; Watched CBS news. In the evening I mounted my “scissor” or “accordion” lamp by my chair; worked on Aramaic most of the evening. Bathed about 11:30. More Aramaic; OBLO, 12:20.

Thursday, 26 March 1970

Up about 7:00. Shaved, had breakfast. Got on the road shortly after 8:00. Arrived at Carter Memorial Church in Needham Heights about 9:10. Communion service already in progress in the sanctuary. After this was over we went downstairs—this was, by the way, the Bishop’s Study Day—had coffee + chatting. Then the morning was spent discussing a chapter from a book by Harvey Cox.[1] Then after lunch there was discussion of COCU [2]—Bishop Mathews is in the thick of things, so he was able to give us some good information. The meeting broke up about 2:30. I headed in to BUST. Arrived about 3:00. Did some errands. Also—Dr. Brown informed me that the faculty voted me a $500 Fellowship—although I haven’t been notified yet. Had Aramaic class from 4:00 to 5:35. Then I came directly home. Rainy. Got home about 6:50. Had supper and watched the end of CBS news; it appears as if Nixon’s nomination of G. Howard Carswell is going to be rejected. It’s very rewarding to see this happen. I only hope Congress has the stomach to keep rejecting as long as Nixon’s nominees are inferior.// Ate quickly went to the church. 7:45-8:45 Communion service with Jim Bussey preaching—the service didn’t go off too well; we went to Lewis’, who had Debbie, stayed a while; home by 11:00; bathed; watched some of Johnny Carson; OB, read, LO 12:35.

[1] Leading Protestant theologian at the time.

[2] Consultation on Church Union.  Not a very popular initiative; people called it “cuckoo.”

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David’s Diary – March 19, 1970

Thursday, 19 March 1970

Up ? –before 9:00 after Θ. Worked a short while at my desk on Aramaic. Phone call from W. Aufrecht—he’s to be at BU today [for] Richardson’s Lowell lecture—then we all had breakfast. After breakfast I got right back to Aramaic—and this was my main concern until I left for BU. I was on the phone several times with Jim Bussey regarding C.A.M.P. matters—drug program + Black History film. Late in the morning Bonnie took Debbie for a stroll—I continued on Aramaic—then stopped to shave. Bonnie + Debbie came home, then we had lunch. Then back to Aramaic until c. 2:30—at which time I prepared to leave—took off about 2:45. Arrived BU about 3:45. Went across Commonwealth avenue + bought two records, then went to Aramaic class; this lasted until about 5:45 Headed home; drove by Federick’s—saw Maria in the window so I know she’s still alive. Had supper when I got home; watched a Dr. Seuss show: Horton meets a Who (?). Then spent a few minutes in my study. At 8:35 went over to see Loyd Starrett to confer re: JYF—i.e., the steering committee—he too was disgusted by last Sunday’s meeting; came home by 9:30. Spent the evening puttering in my study. Hung my new Palestine map. Stopped to bathe before 12:30. OBLO, 12:50.

Friday, 20 March 1970

Up about 9:15. Had breakfast—then was off on errands. Took envelopes and mailing list to Mrs. Cooney for Easter pastoral letter. Took a couple of items to Jim Bussey, chatted with him briefly. Then went to the Camera Shop and left 29 slides with them to be duplicated—Father Vaillencourt’s. Looked in 3 stores for a right kind of lamp—no luck. Went to Norman’s office supply for mimeo-paper. Came on home. Glanced through Life magazine. Bonnie, Debbie, Cameron and Ezra came home from a walk; we all had lunch together. Bill arrived home just as Bonnie was leaving for work. I started to shave—Maria called. She arrived shortly thereafter to pick up things—and divulge more info on drunk Alan. After she left I continued shaving—and finished after another interruption—phone call from Bussey. Then outlined sermon. In mid-afternoon Bill Sesto took pictures of me; then I continued working on sermon. Then turned to fixing supper, since Bonnie was delayed getting home. Watched CBS news. After supper worked on sermon and consulted with Margaret Reilley on whether to write to Alan’s parents. About 9:00 we went to Sestos to see the photos. Also got involved in a wierd [sic] philosophical/religious discussion; home after 12:00; bathed; OBLO, 1 A.M.

Saturday, 21 March 1970

What a day! Up about 9:30. Had breakfast, then got to work on the sermon—but about mid-morning I was interrupted by a phone call from Maria—could I take Alan to Mt. Pleasant Hospital in Lynn. I said yes. But then I called the hospital and they won’t take him—it was an involved affair. They had to call Brandeis, Sachs, insurance co.—and I found out about 12:30 that we’d have to bring $400 with us to admit him. I called Sachs—he suggested we try using an ordinary hospital. I went over to Thurston Point about 1:00. We called the local Dr. Wachman—colleague of Mason [?]. He arranged for Alan to go to A-G, then Villa Atlanta tomorrow. Alan is in sad shape. We put him in the car, took him to the hospital, drove back to Thurston Point, loaded Maria up—she left. I came back to Rockport—stopped briefly to see Margaret—then headed home. Dr. Wachman on the phone: Alan was signing himself out of the hospital. More phone calls, but there was nothing to be done. I tried to relax and take a nap (after eating “lunch”). The rest of the day spent on sermon, bulletin, stencils for tomorrows meeting. In mid evening Maria called, Alan called. He gave me his father’s phone number; I called England—asked him to come. Had to work very late preparing for tomorrow. Bathed c. 1:15; practiced sermon; OBLO, 1:55.

Sunday, 22 March 1970

The phone woke me at 7:00—Mr. Federick calling from England. He’s coming tomorrow; I’m to pick him up at the airport. After hanging up I went back to bed. Θ. Up again about 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Worked at my desk until my  *about 9:30 a call from Murray Sachs.  Class arrived—just Karen Haskell today. We had about an hour’s lesson—I left for the church about 10:40. Had a good crowd—54. Preached on “The Tale of 3 Cities.” Home by 12:30. Did more work preparing for the charge conference, had lunch. About 2:00 I went to the Ornes for more data, then went to Wesley Church to run off my stencils—their machine is marvelous—mine is not making a good copy. After finishing that, at 3:30, went over to Alan’s—he was asleep—I came home, then went on down to the church for the meeting—very poor attendance: only 8, beyond Bonnie, Dr. + Mrs. Uhlinger + myself. There was quite a bit of fear concerning my desire for a committee to “have conversations” with the Episcopal and Congregational churches. The meeting was over shortly after 6:00—we came home. Uhlingers ate with us, then went on to Wesley for its meeting. I then drove over to Thurston point to check on Alan again; he was awake, but collapsed in bed again while I was there; came back to Rockport. Visited with Margaret about a half hour; came on home; did some work. very weary; watched 11 o’clock news. OBLO, 11:45.

Dr. and Mrs. Uhlinger

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David’s Diary – February 21, 1970

Saturday, 21 February 1970

Up by 9:30. Shaved—two day beard; just had a glass of juice for breakfast; went to work at my desk—completed my Dead Sea Scroll notebook. After the mail had arrived, Bonnie, Debbie and I went for a walk—for bread, milk—and to get cards for writing notes. We took several pictures in B + W. Went to the church; then came home. Had lunch; then I worked briefly in my study before starting to make calls. About 1:30 I went to see the Hannibals—stopped first at the church and picked up an RSV to take to Rip. From Hannibals I went to see Esther Longley—then went to see Lucy Patience. Got home shortly before 5:00. Spent some time in my study—with Debbie crawling all over everything. About 5:45 we all went down to work on supper—swordfish + french fries. Watched NBC news—this being Saturday. After this I did more work on the service—wrote my observations on the Responsive reading, wrote the pastoral prayer. Then about 8:30 we went down to Patriquins. We showed them our latest family slides—also I showed them my Dead Sea Scroll[s] slides. We had “mug-ups”—sat round chatting. About 10:30 we came home; I practiced the sermon; watched 11:00 news; we bathed together; OBLO, 11:57.

Sunday, 22 February 1970

Up at 8:30. Shaved, had breakfast, practiced the sermon. Billy Elwell arrived at 9:30 for class—Karen Haskell didn’t show up. We read the story of Samson. Left for the church about 10:35. A fairly decent crowd—about 35 probably. Preached Part II on Jeremiah. After getting home we put chicken in the oven. I went down to Richdales for something to drink. We didn’t have lunch until around 2:00. After eating I set about fixing the easy chair in the living room—I had discovered that the nails holding the springs on were ripping the fabric. So we decided to just put in a piece of ply-wood—which I did. Finished by 3:30. Shortly before 4:00 members of the C.A.M.P. council started arriving. Dr. + Mrs. Uhlinger showed up. We discussed the drug proposal which we’re submitting to the FFR. This meeting was over by 5:30. We got supper—then I had a few minutes to relax. Then about 7:00 I left for Riverdale Church for Methodist Men—I gave my program on the Dead Sea Scrolls. When this was over I decided to stop to see Alan Federick—which I did. He seems to be in rather good shape—and Maria seems to have moved right in; I met her. Left about 10:00. Stopped + reported to Margaret Reilly; came home, relaxed. We bathed together; OBLO, 11:45.

Monday, 23 February 1970

Up at 7:30. Shaved, had breakfast, prepared to leave; Jim Bussey came by about 8:30 to pick me up—we left shortly thereafter for North Andover—the Bishop’s study day—but the bishop wasn’t there—he’s gotten behind because of the flu. Jim Uhlinger gave me several items related to Qumran. We heard a speaker on “cluster” ministries. I sat with Don McGaw. Had a good opportunity to chat with him. The meeting broke up about noon; had sack lunch. Then we headed home. Jim and I discussed the possibility to joint services for 3 C.A.M.P. Churches. Got home about 2:00. Picked up Debbie from Virginia Bate. Came home, worked on Amos—but late in the afternoon I got sleepy; stretched out—was dozing when Bonnie got home. We relaxed for a while—then worked on supper. We watched CBS news—then after 7:30 I got back to work. Bonnie left for community chorus rehearsal. I played with Debbie very briefly—then put her to bed. Then I turned again to working on Amos. I also wrote a short note to Don. When Bonnie got home from rehearsal she wanted to go swimming at Tucks. We went. Took Debbie along; got home about 11:15. Bathed together; watched some of Johnny Carson; OBLO, 12:12. Θ

Tuesday, 24 February 1970

Up about 8:45. Had small breakfast at my desk; finished by [sic] brief letter to Don McGaw—then took it to the post office—also changed the wayside pulpit. Then came home and continued my reading in Kaleprud’s book, Central Ideas in Amos. Bonnie went grocery shopping. She got home before noon. So we fixed lunch and she left for work. I shaved then got back to work on Amos—finished Kapelrud. Phoned in to Sears in Boston for a “play center” for Debbie. My afternoon was spent preparing my notes for the Amos lecture. Then read the newspaper. When Bonnie got home we worked on supper; ate about 6:40. Watched CBS news—their new series on pollution, population crisis, etc: “Can the World Be Saved?” is frightening. As soon as this was over I prepared to leave—dressed, got things together. Arrived at St. Mary’s about 7:30. Had about the same sized crowd as last week—perhaps 40 or more. We went through the book of Amos—omitting some sections. I finished up about 9:00—then there was discussion for a while. Then a period of standing around chatting. We arrived at Drue + Sully’s by 10:00—watched TV with them until 11:00—then came home (Drue had sat with Debbie—Sully worked late).  We bathed together; watched part of Johnny Carson while in the tub; OBLO, 12:20.

Wednesday, 25 February 1970

Up about 8:30. Shaved, had breakfast; went down to Richdales for bread. When I got home Bonnie then was able to make my lunch—and I got ready to leave. Picked up Virginia Bate about 9:35. Drove to Boston—I drove in since I could take her to the Lahey Clinic. We arrived there about 10:40. Then I drove back toward town. Parked on Newbury street. Went to Publishers Clearing House on Boylston St—trying to find the Pope John record. No luck. So I then went to BU. Picked up Debbie’s blocks from [??]. Had lunch with Wally Aufrecht who was visiting school for the day. After we had lunch he was kind enough to drive me over to Sears so that I could pick up the “play center” for Debbie. Then he drove me back to BU—I put it in the car—returned to BUST. Virginia came to BU from Lahey. She went to OT Theology with me—enjoyed it thoroughly. After class I saw her to the trolley—then bought cookies for the seminar. Arrived back at school—made tea—started the water heating; Seminar 4:00–6:00. Actually I left early. Got home about 6:45. Watched remainder of CBS news—we had supper. I put the “play center” together; worked on Aramaic. Bathed about 11:00; watched some of Johnny Carson; OBLO, 12:13.

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