While I was in Seattle for the Joint Meeting, I stopped in to see my cousin Marilyn Sachs, the children’s author, who’s now 88. She signed a copy of CJ’s favorite book of hers, Amy and Laura. I re-read it on the plane and it made me cry just like it did when I was a kid.
We talked about writing and the past. She and her husband, Morris, started dating in 1946, in Brooklyn. Morris had recently returned from the war in the Pacific and was a Communist. He thought movies were too expensive, so on their dates they went block to block ringing doorbells, trying to get signatures on a petition demanding that the Dodgers bring up Jackie Robinson from their minor-league affiliate in Montreal. Now that is how you date, young people.