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January 27, 2007
I watched an old John Wayne movie last night, “The Fighting SeaBees.” This was a movie that I remembered as having a powerful influence on my young life. I have a collection of memories, little mental “out-takes” of the movie that I have toted about in my head since the mid-50’s. After watching the movie, I realized that in fact I remembered almost nothing of the actual details. My mental images are not scenes from the movie, not “real memories”, but are pictures I created to represent my child self’s emotional responses to and identifications with the characters and action.