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October 28, 2008

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jasper

I had never heard of Georges Carpentier until I read this post. I guess it speaks to the temporal nature of fame.

The pictures are absolutely amazing.

What I have found more fascinating is that Carpentier survived the bloodbath of the first world war. He served as a pilot in the French military during the first world war and was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Médaille Militaire.

Jeff

I pass Manassa every time I go to New Mexico. It's off the road down to Taos and Santa Fe. But I've never made my pilgrimage to the Jack Dempsey Museum. Maybe next time. Jasper's comment about Carpentier surviving WWI brought back a certain feeling I get from reading about that time. I think it was first colored by the Shackleton story, of their incredible survival at the end of the earth only to return to the frenzy of WWI and, for a few, the death they had avoided against impossible odds. Surviving must put an aura around your days. I had a similar feeling reading some of M.F.K. Fisher's writings about being in France after WWII ... five years or so after. Life was still stunned, like the silence after an explosion. But I digress. I read where Dempsey died in Southampton, NY, and so I hope that means he did well to the end.

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