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    This post will show up in the archives soon but I thought I'd repost it here since there may be folks who read or post here who might be able to help:

    Title: jms historical reclamation project
    Author: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
    Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 19:08:42 -0700
    Message-ID: <[email protected] com>


    Though in this case the historical entity being reclaimed is...well,
    me, basically. I'll explain in a moment.

    First, an apology and explanation for being absent for so long. The
    last few months have been probably the most hectic in terms of
    deadlines and work in the history of my career. The work has been
    great, but there's just been a bucket of it and it's all been due at
    once. I've turned in the latest draft of World War Z and it's now
    going out to directors, I'm now on the third draft of the Silver
    Surfer movie which is also being fast-tracked, Changeling starts
    shooting in almost exactly two months, I'm hip deep in comics work and
    finishing the final touches to a TV project that we will be taking out
    to sell early September, and I've started the screenplay for They
    Marched Into Sunlight for Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks company. All
    of this, in addition to a personal tragedy - the recent loss of my
    father in law - has put me way behind the eight ball of late. But I'm
    finally digging out from under...which brings me to this note

    While I was growing up, my family moved around a lot. Sometimes as
    often as two or three times in a year, sometimes staying put for as
    much as eighteen months. (No, we weren't a military family, it's a
    long story.) Every six months on average we were in a new town, city,
    state, new school...it became a blur after a while.

    So when I turned twenty-one, I asked for only one gift on my birthday:
    I wanted my past. I wanted a list of where I'd lived and when so I
    could start putting together something vaguely resembling a sense of
    continuity. It took a long time to get that information together, and
    some of it was still sketchy, but at least I had something in hand.

    And promptly proceeded to lose it.

    I literally just found the envelope with the information in a box that
    hadn't been checked properly and had been sitting around for
    years...simply years, I tell you. I've gone on-line to try and find
    photos of some of those places, but obviously it's difficult at best,
    most people don't generally run around taking photos of the front of
    their houses or places of work and put them on the nets for all to
    see.

    Then it struck me: invariably, at conventions and the like, I see B5
    fans and others who tell me what the show has meant to them, and is
    there anything they can do in return. I've never had a really good
    answer to that question. I do now.

    So I put this proposition out into the ether to see what happens.

    Appended to this note is a list of places I've either lived in, gone
    to school at, or in general am trying to get a handle on from my
    past. I may, in time, use this information and these photos in an
    autobiography (yes, I'm giving it some thought, no promises). If you
    reading this live in the vicinity of any of these places and want to
    take some good digital pictures of them and send them along, that
    would not only be great, but if I do write that book, and use the
    photos there, though there won't be a payment for them, I will be sure
    to give a proper photo credit with your name at the back of the book.
    (So BE SURE that the filename for any photos sent along has your name
    included for reference later.)

    Honestly, I'm very curious to see what this turns up.
    Here goes. Again, some of these are general, I don't have street
    addresses for a few of them, so just a photo of the residential parts
    of the street in those cases would be great. These are all places I
    lived in (plus some schools and a couple of other places) from the
    start until shortly after I graduated high school, in chronological
    order.
    I don't want anybody going out of their way on this stuff...if it's
    convenient and you're in the area and can grab a good shot, terrific,
    but honestly, this is an indulgence on my part and a favor on yours,
    so don't over-extend.

    jms

    Graham Avenue, Paterson, NJ

    East 11th Street, Paterson NJ

    River Street, Paterson NJ. (Looking for not only a sense of the
    residential area, but my grandmother used to own a bar on River
    Street, don't know if it might still be there or not.)

    Van Houton Avenue, Paterson NJ

    Hamilton Avenue, Paterson NJ

    275 Dakota Street, Paterson NJ

    Blessed Sacrament School, Paterson NJ (three blocks from River Street)

    Clarence Street, Los Angeles

    Utah Street School, 174 North Utah Street, LA CA

    Grape Street, Los Angeles

    St. Aloysius School, 2023 East Nadeau Street, LA

    Pine Street, Napa CA

    St. Stephen School, possibly located at 131 Midland Avenue, Kearny NJ

    Butler Street, Paterson NJ

    Our Lady of Lourdes School, 186 Butler Street, Paterson NJ

    Clifton Avenue, Newark NJ

    Summer Avenue School, 257 Summer Avenue (now Roberto Clemente) Newark
    NJ

    Aberdeen East Apartments, L-11 Sutton Drive, Matawan, NJ (Now Long
    Brook Apartments) (Note: I THINK this is the right place, but the name
    change has thrown me and I can't tell from the online real estate
    shots...it was called Aberdeen East Apartments when I was there, that
    much I know for sure.)

    St. Benedict School, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel NJ

    Lloyd Road Intermediate School 401 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, NJ

    Barrington Gardens Apartments, 129 Belaire Court,

    Matawan, NJ (there are two apartments side by side there...I was in at
    the end of an apartment building that faced out onto a courtyard
    bordered by another building, and when I looked out my window on the
    other side I could see into a big forested gully)

    Matawan Regional High School, 450 Atlantic Avenue, Aberdeen NJ

    323 Main Street, Matawan, NJ

    Inglewood High School, Inglewood CA

    Lennox High School, 11033 S. Buford Avenue, Lennox CA

    1250 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA

    Chula Vista High School

    First Baptist Church, 494 E Street, Chula Vista CA

    310 North Convent Street, Bourbonnais, Illinois

    Kankakee Community College (especially looking for any shots from
    1972)

    900 West Spring Valley Road, # 148, Richardson, Texas

    Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road Dallas TX

    555 Naples #304, Chula Vista, CA

    65 Mitscher Street, Chula Vista, CA

    Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA

    3987 Debbyann Place, San Diego, CA
    "As empathy spreads, civilization spreads. As empathy contracts, civilization contracts...as we're seeing now.

  • #2
    That... is a whole lot of places.

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    • #3
      Yeah, no wonder he's confused.
      The Optimist: The glass is half full
      The Pessimist: The glass is half empty
      The Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be

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      • #4
        Were they in a witness relocation program?

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        • #5
          I'm about a two hour drive from the Paterson, NJ locations, but it sounds like they're already being covered.
          Got movies? www.filmbuffonline.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RMcD View Post
            Were they in a witness relocation program?
            They had to move him around a lot to hide his latent telepathic abilities.

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