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Posted On: December 1, 2012
Posted by: Philly
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BLJDF. If you take the letter before each letter in that string, you get AKICE. I’m guessing that he forgot to change the L to an M, but that the note is about Alice McBee, which makes sense in the time context. You say that he had treasured a card from her during their high school years and that something more seems to have happened in their relationship on his visit to Kansas City in September 1926, about a year after the plebe summer when he made the above notes in his notebook.Second, though I’m not sure this is a “correction”, your fn. 6 to chapter 1, discussing Heinlein’s understanding of the family’s move to Kansas City, lists several dates and says Heinlein never followed up on advice to look at census records and city directories. When I first read that, I thought it meant that you were uncertain about the date of the move, but, on re-reading, I believe I misunderstood it the first time. In any event, the 1910 census does show the Heinlein family in Kansas City. I have a PDF of the relevant page and would happily email it to you. Rex, Bam, Lawrence, Rex Jr., Robert, and Louise are on Cleveland Avenue, along with Park Lyle, Robert’s then 18 year old uncle (the illegitimate son, informally adopted, of his grandfather). Park was listed as a “boarder” in the 1910 census. Third, and, again not a “correction” exactly, the dates you give at pages 30 and 31 for some of the books RAH read are ambiguous. You give the dates for publication of the first three Barsoom books as the dates when they were published as novels, but two of them had been published as magazine serials earlier. I suspect RAH read them in novel form (he would have been a bit young for the serials). Similarly, you give the publication date for Twain’s Mysterious Stranger in 1916, though he had written earlier and it was published posthumously. I might call that “unfinished at death in 1910, published posthumously in 1916″, but that may be too much information (and pickiness). I’m very interested in the Heinlein juveniles and found the discussion of the first two in your biography very informative. I hope I won’t have to wait too long to get the backstory on the rest of the juveniles (and the rest of RAH’s life). By the way, you mention that he initially considered writing a series on the YAEs. Any idea why he didn’t? Or why he never wrote a series at all? He certainly knew about SF series, not least from his love for EE Doc Smith’s work. Loved the book – finish up the next one quickly! And let me know if you want a PDF of that census page. homeowners insurance car insurance quote

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