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Episode 13.0. Had a grandson christening on Sunday. Work and hungover on Monday. Sick on Tuesday (non-related). So, just got to Bill Horin. On top of which, I originally and incorrectly, pitched this as Episode 12, which it’s not, because I already did Episode 12. Bill Horin is actually Episode 13. Lucky 13. Bill and I talk about his inauspicious start as a photographer for the Army, getting drafted, early work in journalism, and WAY too much time talking about gear. In the end, despite being drafted, and originally being trained as an interrogator, by the time they’d finished training him, the war was over and they made him a photographer. If that’s not lucky, I don’t know what is.

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Episode 8.0. In which my last remaining Uncle, Alan Newell McCarty comes to visit and tell stories. When I was a kid, we knew him as Alan, but at some point in his adult life, he decided to go by Newell. Alan is 67 and my father’s youngest brother. We lost the middle child some years back.

This is a long one; over three hours. We’re Irish so we’ll talk about anything. God, politics, the environment, the afterlife and of course, the Irish. But then we also spent a lot of time talking about his life. I was really going to edit it, but since so much of it is a retelling of his life, from childhood on, I decided not to…for posterity.

We were getting a little warm in the studio after awhile, so at some point I opened the window, so there’s a lot of road noise. Deal with it. Also, there might be one point where leave Alan talking and go freshen up my drink. Oh, and we might have been drinking. Just a wee bit.

So sit back and enjoy some Irish storytelling. Mostly Alan telling stories, and my mostly interrupting.

Three hours is a long time for me to sit quietly.