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My parents and I spent
two years from August, 1974 to August, 1976 -- from when I was four to when I was six -- living on the Seronera
Research Station in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa. Mom
wrote bunches of letters home to her and my dad's parents, and my dad wrote a couple, and one of my
long-term projects is to transcribe them and scan in a bunch of the photos
we took while there to illustrate them. Not that I've gotten very far on
this - all I have done so far are the following few letters. To keep them in chronological order, the files
are named in yy-mm-dd format.
Notes:SRI = Seronera Research Institute
Mom=Jan, Dad=Joe, me=Stephanie. Mom's parents: Hugh, Johnnie. Dad's parents: Leon, Elizabeth (she's my dad's stepmother, hence his opening salutation of "Dear Dad and Elizabeth.")
Each set of my grandparents would copy the letters they received and send them to the other set, and added a note or two occasionally.
The Box -- a large box (5' x 5' x 5' or so) of stuff we shipped over to Africa. I don't remember the full story (must ask Mom), but it got lost or something, and caught in red tape, and it took us months to get it.
- 750111.txt (added 3/10/2002)
- 750112.txt (added 3/10/2002)
- 750113.txt (added 3/8/2002)
- 750121.txt (added 3/8/2002)
- 750129.txt (added 3/8/2002)
- 750205a.txt (added 3/8/2002)
- 750205b.txt (added 3/8/2002)
- 750211.txt (added 3/8/2002)
- 750215.txt (added 3/10/2002)
- 750326.txt (added 3/10/2002)
- 750611.txt (added 3/8/2002)
This letter showcases the stupendous artistic talent I exhibited early on, and portrays two "geeraffs." Side 1 depicts a strangely short-legged giraffe with a large blob presumably meant to be an oxpecker on his back (I think the scribble and line to the right represent a tree), and Side 2 is indeed not a diplodocus, but a giraffe with a somewhat-out-of-scale oxpecker bird clinging to its back. You may need to tilt your head to the side to make that one out.
- 750712.txt ( added 3/8/2002)
In yet another fit of creativity, I drew a portrait of the genet cat I mentioned in the letter.
- 760524.txt (added 3/8/2002)
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