. . .Ona Munson, born on June 16, 1903, in Oregon, died in 1955 in New York. I don’t know if even one in a hundred people would recognize her name, but what if I said ‘Belle Watling’? Less than fifteen minutes of screen time, I bet, but one of the highlights of Gone With the Wind. It’s nice to think that you only have to do one significant thing in life to become, if not a legend, certainly memorable.
At right: it’s not Tara, of course, it’s the family farm in upstate New York. but I think my dad surely felt a little like Mr. O’Hara when he stood in the door and looked out over his handful of acres.
Today is also the anniversary of an event in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1882 that no doubt had everyone muttering about climate change – it hailed that day, hailstones 17 inches in diameter, killer hailstones that weighed close to two pounds. I’m looking at my 15″ computer screen and trying to imagine it as a hailstone. Mind-boggling.