Fun Facts Friday: Hilda Gerarda van Stockum
Latest Posts / February 9, 2018

Hilda Gerarda van Stockum (9 February, 1908 – 1 November, 2006) was a writer and artist from the Netherlands. Ms. van Stockum is known for her book The Winged Watchman. Books by Hilda Gerarda van Stockum* 1)      She was born in Rotterdam to a Dutch Royal Navy officer. 2)      Her grandfather, Charles Boissevain, was the editor of an influential Dutch newspaper. 3)      Her brother was famous mathematician Willem Jacob van Stockum, not only was he a pioneer of the then new theory of gravitation (general relativity), he also volunteered to be a pilot for the Allies in WWII where he unfortunately found his death during a bombing run. 4)      Her husband, Ervin Ross Marlin, was a friend of her brother. Together the couple had six children. 5)      As a child she lived in the Netherlands and Ireland. Later she lived in the US, Canada, and England for many years. 6)      A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic (1935), was Ms. van Stockum’s first book and won honors from the Newbery Medal committee. 7)      Her best known book, The Winged Watchman, describes true events of how windmills were used for signaling the Dutch Resistance during World War II. 8)      In 1983 she was elected to the Honorary Council of the Royal Hibernian…

Book Review: Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories

Article first published as Book Review: Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories on Blogcritics. About: Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories is a non-fiction book by the famous rocker. Randy Bachman, a musician from Winnipeg who was in the Guess Who, BTO and other bands tells about his career and the people he met. 288 pages Publisher: Pintail Language: English ISBN-10: 0670066591 My rating for Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories – 4 By this book in paper or electronic format* Thoughts: Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap Stories is a short book with many short stories. Mr. Bachman has sat down and wrote down great memories from a great career, reading the book I felt as if he would play a song after each story. My favorite story is one of the longer ones about Les Paul. Mr. Bachman saw Les Paul play at his hometown in Canada where he watched through the kitchen door since he was too young to enter the premises. Mr. Paul talked a bit with the young guitarist and showed him how he played a song. Fast forward years later when, now established musician Randy Bachman was introduced to Les Paul who actually remembered the-kid-from-the-restaurant and about an encounter even later when they got to play…

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