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Hometown: Placentia, CA 92870 - Posted June 22, 2015 7:18 pm


I am representing the Placenta Library Friends Foundation which handles an annual Author's Luncheon which is our biggest fund raiser for the library (which relies on our funding as they are not apart of the county system and only receive small percentage monies from state. Are you available March 5, 2016 for our function? Thank you for yor consideration

Hometown: Elizabeth n.j. - Posted June 21, 2015 5:00 pm


Judy, I was in 7th grade at Alexander Hamilton jr. high during those plane crashes in Elizabeth.It was a scary time with all the rumors going around. I loved the book. It was a trip back into me childhood. I lived on Stiles St off of Magie.went to Battin High.shopped in all those stores you mentioned,took dance lessons from mrs. Rankin and went on to graduate from Elizabeth General Hospital School of Nursing.I married,raised 5 daughters in New Providence N.J. and went back to Elizabeth often to visit parents. I now live in Venice,FL. Thanks for a great story and thanks for the memories.

Hometown: Morristown NJ - Posted June 21, 2015 11:59 am


I am just beginning your latest book and noticed the main characters' last name of Ammerman. I was born in Morristown NJ and my great-grandmother was Sarah Ammerman Smith. She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Morristown. I was just wondering if it was a common name in your area. I haven't begun the family search of that side of the family yet. My daughter, now 44 has all your early books and now her 14 yr. old daughter has them. Thank you for such great work.

Hometown: Rockland Ontario canada - Posted June 20, 2015 10:29 pm


Hi I'm a huge fan of your books. My favourite was Forever when I was a teen and read it so my times. Now has an adult I still love reading that book.

Thank you for those great books and good reading.

Hometown: Long Beach, NY - Posted June 20, 2015 10:40 am


Read In the Unlikely Event in one day. Loved the book soooooo much. Based on your recommendation, picked up Replacement Child at my local library which I also completed in one day. Thank you for being such a wonderful writer.

Hometown: elizabeth - Posted June 19, 2015 7:32 pm


I loved this book. My family is from Elizabeth and I recognized Schutt's, Goerke", etc. I was 6 years old and remember the 3 crashes particularly the 3rd one as I lived right around the corner off Westminster. It roared right over the house before hitting the apartment house. The book brought back vivid memories as if it was yesterday. You incorporated so many real facts - my mother worked at the hospital and saw the baby who was so burned just like Betsy. And of course Mason who was the real life hero Bobby Quinn. Thanks for writing this.

Hometown: northbrook il - Posted June 19, 2015 6:13 pm


Thank you for every book, every word ever written in those books and your incredible empathic insight to young girls!! I grew reading all your books (and no, the nuns didn't like it)but I did as did my other girlfriends.
thank you and hang in there just finished 2nd time w/ chemo

Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey - Posted June 18, 2015 1:10 pm


I loved your book! I grew up in Elizabeth many years ago and was back there again with Miri Ammerman yesterday. You opened my eyes and heart to years, places and people I had almost forgotten. I can't thank you enough for the pleasure you have given me during the past few days. It was a lovely "visit" that I shall long cherish. We lived on Coolidge Rd. My brother is Don Clarick. Leila Poch was my dearest friend and my husband was at the University of New Mexico teaching ob-gyn in the 1980s when we joined you and your husband for lunch one afternoon in Santa Fe. I am so happy for you and wish you continued success and much happiness.
Bobby Clarick Rosenfeld
Laguna Woods. California

Hometown: Boca Raton, Fl - Posted June 18, 2015 12:21 pm


Dear Judy,

I teach Creative Writing 1 and 2 at Boca Raton High School in Boca Raton, Florida. I was wondering if you might consider Skyping with us this school year. I know this is probably a crazy request that may seem audacious, but I know how young people are a passion of yours. It would certainly be a life changing experience for my students. Your books have shaped and molded so many of our adolescent experiences, and I figured it was worth a shot! If you never ask...

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Hometown: nyc - Posted June 18, 2015 12:11 pm

Emily B

Dear mrs.Blume,
I really enjoy reading your books, back from when I was little and my mom had to read then to me. I really enjoy reading your book and I love all the detail you include in your stories. My favorite characters Is Sheila ( we read Otherwise Known as sheila the great in school). I like Sheila because she reminds me a little of my self because I can be a little bit of a drama queen. I think that the plot in Known as Sheila the Great is perfectly planned out and wonderful detailed. My favorite part of Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great Is when they made a slambook because its such a bad game idea its funny. I also like the part when Jenifer's friend licks Sheila and she thinks shes going to die. In closing, you are one of my favorite writers and I am looking forward to reading more of your books-

best of luck,
Emily B

Hometown: New York City - Posted June 18, 2015 9:23 am


Dear Judy Blume,
I was very interested in reading your book,''Otherwise known as Sheila the Great'',for many reasons. I think your books are funny, your jokes and the language made us laugh in class. I also like how you make the characters feel alive and how you describe them. I like how you describe the setting and the words you put.I also like the plot and I am looking forward to reading one of your books and for Summer Homework.

Hometown: NYC - Posted June 18, 2015 9:09 am


Dear Judy Blume,

I was very interested in reading your book"Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great" for many reasons. I really like your characters character traits. For example, Sheila says that she can't swim because she is sick, even though she is scared of swimming. Also,I can relate your characters to my life, like when Sheila says that is allergic to dogs, even though she is scared of dogs. I also love the setting and plot of Tarrytown. For example, the Headless Horseman scares Shelia In conclusion, after reading your book "Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great" with my 6/5th grade ELA class, I really loved your style of writing.
Yours truly, Matthew
PS Make a book about modern society

Hometown: Eizabeth, NJ - Posted June 17, 2015 7:04 pm


Hi, Judy, I grew up at 930 Park Avenue (the only modern split level in the area), went to School #21, Hamilton and Battin. I left Elizabeth in 1973 (my family moved to Phoenix) and your book is bringing back so many memories that I thought were forgotten - Levy Bros, Goerkes, Bnai Israel, Vail Deane, Pingry, et al. I caught the 24 bus right across the street from my house to get to Hamilton and Battin and remember waiting in the freezing cold in high school, on Broad Street, for the bus to come. It never came soon enough!! I live in Evanston, IL now and have been in the Chicago metropolitan since I graduated from grad school. I've only gone back to Elizabeth for my grandmother's funeral at the JEC and for my 40th Battin reunion. Your book has made it possible for me to go home again and again, and I sincerely thank you for giving me that opportunity. Last, but not least, I would loved this book even if it were not set in Elizabeth; It is wonderful and I was sorry to finish it.

Thank you,

Hometown: New York City - Posted June 17, 2015 9:31 am

Alexa B

Dear Mrs. Judy Blume,
After reading your book, "Otherwise Known as Sheila The Great", my class and I have been very interested in you and your books. They are very funny because of the language and the jokes you use. There are also relatable characters. For example, Sheila is bossy, fearful, and dishonest. Which a lot of people can relate to. Thank you for adding the topic of dogs in your books (I really like dogs).In all I am really looking forward to to reading more of your books for summer homework. sincerely,
Alexa B

Hometown: nyc - Posted June 17, 2015 9:30 am


i like your books alot

Hometown: New York City - Posted June 17, 2015 9:19 am


Dear Judy Blume,
I was excited reading your book,"Otherwise Known as Shelia The Great", for a lot of reasons. It was relatable because I was afraid of spiders just like Sheila.Also, it was funny because of the amazing jokes. It looked like you took your time because you didn't rush to finish it. It also has a lot of details to help us learn more about the characters. I will read more books of yours for summer homework and thank you for making summer homework more fun!
Yours Truly,

Hometown: New York City - Posted June 17, 2015 9:17 am


Dear Judy Blume,
I was very interested in reading your book, "Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great", for many reasons. First of all, I really liked how you explain the characters in detail. For example, you explained Shelia being dramatic. Also your story was funny because my class and I laughed at the language and jokes. Another point is that my class studied transition words and you used them in your writing. The thing that I liked the most is that you put the characters in their shoes because you make them real. Overall, when I read your book it made me imagine that I was that character in the story.


Hometown: NewYork City - Posted June 17, 2015 9:17 am


Dear Judy Blume,
After reading your book, "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great", with my class I liked it and here are some reasons why. It was funny because of the language and all of Sheila's fears. The characters were relatable and they felt like real people. I think that it had a great plot structure. I also liked how there were a lot of settings. Overall, I liked your book and I'm excited to read another one.

yours truly,

Hometown: New York City - Posted June 17, 2015 9:12 am


Dear Judy Blume,
I read your book, "Otherwise known as Sheila the Great" for ELA homework and it made my homework so much more enjoyable! All the characters in your book feel so real, since you give great details. for example, Sheila thinks Libby dances like an elephant! I also loved how you made Sheila so dramatic. For example, Sheila says she gets hives from dogs, but really she's afraid of dogs! Finally, I loved how Sheila overcomes her fears at the end of the summer! Overall, "Otherwise know as Sheila the Great" is so far my favorite book I have read this year, 2015!

Best of luck, Marie

Hometown: Aberdeen - Posted June 17, 2015 1:46 am


I'm thinking of writing about my childhood, but as kids short stories. Step mom tried to sell me to the gypsies, hurricane under the docks in Oceanside, Ca. Crawling under fence to fish crawdads, rabbit hunting in San Juan Islands, Wa. What do you think? Short stories or full book? thanks. Love, LinnAnn

Hometown: scranton ,pa - Posted June 15, 2015 9:24 pm


hi judy I love your books I read them in school keep doing books

Hometown: Elizabeth, NJ - Posted June 15, 2015 1:26 pm


Your book has brought memories flooding back to me. My father was Melville Shapiro, a reporter for the Elizabeth Daily Journal, so the stories were all very close to my family. You met my sister Judith in Austin, Texas recently. My other sister, Linda, and I have tickets to see you in Madison, CT on the 26th are looking forward speaking with you -- and I also remember the Alexander Hamilton school song.

Hometown: Stroudsburg, PA - Posted June 15, 2015 1:22 pm


When I was in 6th grade I had this red headed girl who sat behind me in class. She used to pull my hair all the time. We were doing a class play and I had to wear a mask. I was so excited that she was putting it on for me that I didn't hold still and the mask fell off during my performance. Years later I met her again and told her the story. She let me take her photograph pulling her skirt up a little. When I got the picture back my finger was covering the lens. I still have both my 6th grade class picture in which I sitting next to her and the photo where my figure is covering the lens.

Hometown: St. Ann, Mo - Posted June 15, 2015 1:16 pm


Do you ever accept ideas for a book you might like to write?

Hometown: Live in Manhattan now; grew up in Newark & Hillside - Posted June 14, 2015 9:57 pm


I'm so happy; having just finished "Unlikely". Read it 2 sittings; probably could have finished it in one night, but I didn't want it to end so I tried to delay finishing it as long as I could hold out. My family lived on Keer Avenue, corner Leslie Street in the Weequhaic Section of Newark when these 3 crashes occurred. (I did however grow up in Hillside--where Pingry School used to be...). I actually remember the Miami Airlines C-46 flying overhead with white smoke trailing from the engine on the wing. And listen to this! My Father, in his infinite wisdom..., took me in his Kaiser over to the National Airlines flight, near Elmora Avenue, to see the wreckage. (How f-cked up was that?) I have never forgotten that. I still clearly recall the field of so much wreckage in front of that apartment house with the top floor sheared off. I presume that the orphanage was around there somewhere. God, the things you never forget. I remember my Mother telling me that, "We knew the family who was killed in that crash." It still gives me the creeps thinking about that field with all the wreckage and God-Knows-What-Else scattered all over. The papers referred to those 3 crashes as, "The Elizabeth Trilogy". Whenever I fly out of Newark on my way to Fort Lauderdale/North Miami Bitch, I always seem to sit on the side of the plane (window seat, of course) looking down on downtown Elizabeth and the Elmora section. (I, too, used to sometimes go to the Elmora Movie Theater--mostly the Mayfair in Hillside, and the Roosevelt in Newark however.) You sure did your research and--as New York Jews went to the Catskills for summer vacations, Newark and surrounding area Jews went to "Bradley Beach".
I remember Bradley so well from the early '50's. Schwartz's bungalows, the LaReine and the adjoining Bradley Hotels (before they were conjoined), Bess Myserson fresh from The Big Payoff judging all the yentas in their stoles and beaded bags for the "Mrs. Bradley Beach Contest".
All the ladies, parading up and down the boardwalk in hot summer weather with fur stoles and too much red makeup. Things you never forget.
Bottom Line: Girlfriend, you did one heck of a good job with "Unlikely". I wish it would have gone on another 300 pages.
Oh! Weren't you the "dame" who did the "Mr. Peepers" columns for New York Magazine--when that magazine was a worthwhile read...? Remember "Martini Acres"??
Another "Oh!". In a Fort Liquordale bar, I met some guy who claimed he was your assistant when he lived down in Key West. Forgot his name, but he did buy me a glass of what probably was gin.
My Father became the Principal of Irvington High, but we lived in Hillside, moving there from Newark in 1954 (maybe?) on Wynmoor Ave. and Winans Street. I went to Hillside High. And learned more there than I ever did at Penn State.
And--I never molested anyone....
Not even myself.
My family is all gone; I'm an orphan now.
But, I've adopted a nice little Colombian family (sort of) who live in the cramped one-bedroom next to what was my Mother's and Father's apartment. Mine now. They have a wonderful little boy named, Sebastian (Sebas) and now I have a Godson! (sort of)
How cool is that?
Hey! Maybe you could write another book--about Bradley Beach. (There was one, by the way. Out of print now. Like my love life.)
Oh! There was one other thing I just need to bore you with: When we still lived on Keer Avenue, my family shipped me off to "Golden Acres Day Camp" in Roseland, NJ (wherever the f. that was). Owned by Goldie Wickenfeld and some guy who was either her husband or her lover.) It was near to Longy Zwillman's estate. Periodically we kiddies were taken there to play in the wonderful gardens--resembling--as I now believe--the Tivoli Gardens outside Rome. There were tons of peacocks there. TONS! and I so recall trying to steal one. Guess Longy didn't see.
That's enough.
Stuart Lee
for you, Stuart.

Hometown: Elizabeth, NJ - Posted June 14, 2015 6:04 pm


Hi, Judy. We were neighbors back then, you on Shelley Ave (down the road from the Glennons?) and me on Wyoming.

I have a vivid memory of the first plane going over my house, right engine afire. And I remember the EDJ article after the third, noting that a piece of mail from a European man to an Elizabeth relative was delivered, even though addressed to "Airplane Crash City, USA"

I'm busy enjoying the book now, but wonder if you could help us out a bit by publishing a cast of characters. It's not quite like reading "War & Piece." but same idea.

I'm finding the little details charming -- street names, store names, etc. Thank you for giving me a trip back in time.

Hometown: Boston,MA. - Posted June 14, 2015 5:26 pm


Hi Judy,
I was your Boston media guide several years ago. You spoke of grandkids in private school in
Cambridge and I shared that I had two at BB& N, Little did I know that in our sharing ,you were familiar with the 3 plane crashes in NJ. I lost my grandmother and aunt in the first one.As a 12 yr. breast cancer survivor, I can only say that life continues to be beautiful and we are blessed with great medical services, Wishing you well. Lucky Hill

Hometown: Miami - Posted June 14, 2015 5:12 pm


My 81 y/o mother remembers a plane flying overhead as she was sitting in class at Battin High in Elizabeth, NJ and posted a comment about it. I on the other hand remember reading your books as a young girl. Everything from "Margaret" to "Forever" to "Wifey" and more. I always looked forward to getting home from school and reading your books. I couldn't get enough. Thank you.

Hometown: Elizabeth - Posted June 14, 2015 4:53 pm


Myself and two other classmates, with whom I still keep in touch, one in Warren & one in Colonia NJ, remember the plane crash. We were in the same room in Battin Sr. High (graduated in 1951) and saw the plane fly overhead. I never forgot the feeling and told my family about this.
My parents knew a Sussman family who lived across the street on Second St. Good luck to you.

Hometown: Woodmere, New York - Posted June 14, 2015 9:04 am


I have long been a fan of your books. As a teacher and as a parent , I have read your books aloud to many, many children who have laughed till they were in tears and begged for another chapter.
While I have read your adult books as well., I was especially looking forward to In the Unlikely Event, which I chose for my book club to read. The story line and time sounded interesting but the place is what made me buy the book as soon as it was available. Elizabeth , New Jersey has a special place in my heart , especially 227 Shelly Avenue. That was a house and a place I knew well. After my aunt and uncle bought the house in the late 50's, I spent every holiday and most vacations there til I was married. My mom was a young widow and her sister opened her home to us. We shopped and went to movies on Elmora Avenue, picked up the Journal at the candy store on Magie, drove to Lord and Taylor for a special outfit. I had no awareness of the tragic events of your story, and wonder if my aunt and uncle knew. It was probably a subject they felt was not to be discussed in front of a child.
Thank you for your book and my trip down memory lane.
I will be facilitating the discussion of Unlikely at my book club and hope to do it justice.

Hometown: Elizabeth,NJ - Posted June 14, 2015 7:59 am

Mary Ellen Karycki

Hi Judy
I'm reading your new book and I can't tell you how I am enjoying it. I was a fourth grade student at St. Mary's at the time of the crashes. You've taken me back to my childhood in many ways. I too spent hours in the stacks at the Elizabeth Public Library as you did. From Goerke' and Levy's to Kolber Sladkus, Bob and Betty's and Fishman's, Schutt's ice cream and the 24 bus to Elmora. I still go back to Spirito's for pizza when I'm in Elizabeth. My memories of the crashes are vague even though I went back to school every day across the street from the one on Williamson St. I understand why you go back to visit whenever you're in the area. So do I. Even though the central theme of your book is sad, I thank you for evoking theses memories of Elizabeth. As I'm reading, I feel like I'm back home again.

Hometown: Austin - Posted June 13, 2015 7:19 pm


loved your chat at BookPeople today. i grew up in Roselle Park, 1 block from Elizabeth & lived there in '51 during the events that inspired the book. i was only 5 at the time, so my memory of the event is from hearing about it when i was older. another unlikely event that took place in that part of the state sometime in the 50s (it might have been in Rahway), is triplets who were born on 3 different dates. 2 were born just before & after midnight & the 3rd about 24 hours later. i think they might have been in at least 2 different hospitals too

Hometown: Edinburgh - Posted June 13, 2015 6:28 pm


Dear Judy,
My mum was telling me the other day about when she was at school, and was constantly reading your novels. This led to me remembering how I used to read the Fudge series, and used to find the books so cool and daring.

And so, after some though, she ordered me Deenie, a story I have now re-read and love the words. Now me and my mum are going through a re-run of all your books, and falling back into a reading spell. Deenie is a beautiful story, and because of my C.P condition, I can completely empathize for the way Deenie felt, and how she coped with all the hospital visits and doctors, and being asked to walk around and touch her toes ect..., she was very strong, and I feel she is like a real person the way her story is portrayed. Also, Stephanie, who stars in Just as long as We're Together shares my same birthday and is my age which I think is a really nice coincidence.
I'm so happy that you're still writing and that you are focused on your next book, I hope I can have something published of my own some day.
Have a great time writing your novels!

Hometown: Boca Raton - Posted June 13, 2015 3:16 pm


When I was 11 my mother and father were divorcing. My mother left us, 3 children, to "find herself" in Israel. She knew I was living and breathing Judy Blume books. Before she left she wrote to Judy Blume. I never did know what she said, but weeks later a hand written note of kindness and love came from you. It helped me tremendously and I never will forget it. Thank you Judy, from a sad and lonely 11 year old who is now a well adjusted (?) and happy 49 year old. I will never forget your kindness.

Hometown: Boca Raton - Posted June 13, 2015 3:16 pm


When I was 11 my mother and father were divorcing. My mother left us, 3 children, to "find herself" in Israel. She knew I was living and breathing Judy Blume books. Before she left she wrote to Judy Blume. I never did know what she said, but weeks later a hand written note of kindness and love came from you. It helped me tremendously and I never will forget it. Thank you Judy, from a sad and lonely 11 year old who is now a well adjusted (?) and happy 49 year old. I will never forget your kindness.

Hometown: Hometown - Posted June 11, 2015 9:19 pm


Hi Judy! 💗

Hometown: DALY CITY - Posted June 11, 2015 7:45 pm


I have to confess that I had never read one of your books before. Don't know how I happened to miss them but I will be catching up on them. I just finished reading your latest and couldn't put it down. I remember so much of the fifties and can relate to the way of thinking of that generation. I am glad to have found your book. Congrats.....great job!

Hometown: Houston, TX - Posted June 11, 2015 5:51 pm


Hi- I just found a letter my youngest son (now 40) wrote to you when he was 8 - entrusted it to me to send to you - and I didn't. So much guilt! I discovered that you are going to be in TX this weekend so I'm going to drive to Austin to see you. I signed up to purchase your new book, hear your talk and hopefully hand you the letter. I am looking forward to this even though Book People shared with me that over 300 people have signed up for this event (bigger than some weddings) and my ticket number is over 250... I hope they have you on a big screen as well. Seriously, I'm looking forward to reading the new book and of course, leaving you with my son Scott's letter.

Hometown: Elizabeth NJ - Posted June 11, 2015 3:01 pm


Having witnessed the first (C-46) plane crash from Muriel Parkway (saw it go down but luckily never the actual impact) I look forward with great anticipation to my reading you latest book. You met my wife Corinne three weeks ago in a nail salon on the Upper West Side, where she told you I had seen the crash from Palisade Road, a most unlikely sighting. We moved in 1955 from Muriel Parkway. I missed filling out a question card at the 92d st Y. My question would have been, (and is) "did you interview any eyewitnesses to the crashes in your research?" Enjoyed you r talk very much.
PS-I was on the train just ahead of the 1958 Jersey Central/Newark Bay train accident. Elizabeth and I have a somewhat checkered relationship. Keep writing!

Hometown: Indio - Posted June 11, 2015 1:52 pm


I grew up in Elizabeth, NJ. & my father's name was Len and from Bond Street we moved to the Elmora section on Glenwood Rd. off Magie Ave. Friends have told me you mentioned a Mike Monsky in your latest book and also my nickname, Monk, and I'd like to know if we have a deeper connection. Thank you,
Steve Monsky, Indio, CA.

Hometown: Beverton - Posted June 9, 2015 1:26 pm


HELLO JUDY BLUME I am a big fan of your books I want to see your new fudge book my thecher reads us your books from your big fan ABDI

Hometown: limoge - Posted June 8, 2015 2:15 pm

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Hometown: elizabeth - Posted June 8, 2015 8:58 am


my father was a fire captain at all 3 plane himcrashes. its a shame you weren't able to interview

my father was a fire captain at all 3 crashes(Jacob smith).he woud have been able to give you much greater detaials.at our age we are very nostalgic about the fifties.if you have no past you have no future.

Hometown: Toronto - Posted June 7, 2015 1:08 am


I started your new book last night and finished it in less than 24 hours. I found it very engaging - likely because I grew up in NJ and so many of the places mentioned are familiar to me from my youth. A GR8 read!

Hometown: Reno - Posted June 6, 2015 1:21 pm


I was recently reintroduced to the book Forever at age 70. I think I enjoyed it even more at this age than when I was younger! It was on my 45yr old daughter's bookshelf, along with other memorable books she has saved over the years.

Today I purchased your newest novel. My favorite genre is a good family saga. Looking forward to getting started asap.

Thank you for your continuing reading entertainment.

Hometown: Harrison, NY - Posted June 6, 2015 12:38 pm


My Uncle Saul (Dr. Saul J Levenson was a dentist in Elizabeth, NJ -- as I'm told was your father). He was involved in identifying the victims (by comparing their teeth to their dental records) of the worst of these plane crashes. I was 13, just post-bar-mitzvah when this plane crashed.

These comments are basically what I sent out to my children, my nephews, and my first cousin's children who had likely never heard of the crash or Saul Levenson's involvement; I sent it out with the May 31 NY Times review of your book.

There was a bedroom/apartment off my aunt and uncle's kitchen that had originally been their housekeeper's apartment (Frieda Hauser), but it was vacant by the time of the crash. Above the door was a small hand-lettered sign affixed with a white thumb tack that said 'The Rectory'. When the plane crashed it destroyed the local rabbi's apartment and (when none of the rabbi's congregants offered to let him live with them in the interim) my Uncle Saul and Aunt Tuss (actually Sara, Tuss was her family nickname) offered him the use of the attached apartment. The rabbi lived there for quite some time, but I don't remember how long -- if I ever knew. I don't remember the rabbi's name, but he presided at both Saul and Tuss' funerals. Saul described sitting in their kitchen while the rabbi lived there and having long discussions about religion.

Other memories of the event (all as related to me by Saul):

On the plane was a senior US government official who had top secret papers in a briefcase he was carrying. It had to be found. In an attempt to be sure they had correctly identified which body was the government official Saul suggested that they ask his widow (difficult as it was under the circumstances) whether he was or was not circumcised. It was done.

To pry open the mouths of some of the victims -- who had been burned beyond all recognition -- Saul needed a speculum. He asked for one and was provided a small one, he said that wouldn't do the job, and asked for a big one, a vaginal speculum. He got it and used it.

Hometown: Albuquerque - Posted June 6, 2015 7:47 am


Ms. Blume,
I have been affected by mental illness as long as I can remember. Reading was my refuge. Your books truly got me through some very rough periods. I look forward to sharing your writings with my young daughters while revisiting them myself. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing with all the world.

Hometown: Saginaw, MI - Posted June 5, 2015 5:04 pm


Did you write a book that has a young girl shaving her legs for the first time and saying it was "like going down an icy highway"? I seem to remember reading a book when I was in Middle school that had such a character. I'm looking for this book for my niece. Help

Hometown: Los Alamos - Posted June 5, 2015 4:12 pm


Judy, you might remember me from occasional dinners at the Pink Adobe. The piece on you in the NYT Magazine reminded me to find and watch your movie. It was painful to be reminded how Los Alamos looks to an outsider, but I found the movie quite powerful on a tough subject. I remember a writer named William J. Broad coming through in 1982 for a piece he called “Los Alamos: The Winds of Mutiny” in Science, and I finally had him come home for dinner so we could talk at length. He agreed not to use my name. At the end of the evening I gave him my copy of “Tiger Eyes” and told him it did a better job of conveying Los Alamos than I could. He moved on to the NYT, has been recognized for his writing, and still remembers me, I am told. I did notice you in the movie immediately and thought of Alfred Hitchcock. I often mention you to young scientists and engineers when I am talking to them about working on their strengths. You see most managers want people to work on their weaknesses, which only leads to being average. I explain that your books are the funniest I have ever read. If reading in bed, my wife wakes up from my laughing and tells me to turn the light off. However at dinner, you always struggled to tell a funny story and often could not pull it off. So you have used your strengths to be world class, and that is what I want young people to do. You new book arrived two days ago, and I have something to look forward to. Jim Smith

Hometown: Atlanta - Posted June 3, 2015 10:28 pm

Leigh Anne

Please come to Atlanta! We love your books in the south, too! I just finished In the Unlikely Event. It was wonderful

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