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victorkchun

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Some PT boat author mentioned that all the good PT boat related pictures are already in
books. This is not quite true. A few years ago my daughter, expert in computer, went with me
to PT Boat Museum at Germantown, Tenn. and scan more than 100 good pictures with the
help of Alyce. However, the National Archives in Washington, D.C. still has at least 500 to 1000, 5X7 and 8X10, pictures you can scan. The procedure is simple and the people are
friendly and helpful. Beside pictures they also have documents.
All right, what are you guys waiting for?
Victor

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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I was given the green light by my publisher to do a third book. I am a bit hesitant in this regards, as so many books have come out on the subject. With Charlie Jones's excellent book on the MTBSTC, Vic's new Volume II, my books, Garth's books,and others, has the subject been ground into the market.

With a limited market, I thought about what I could come up with. My only thought was a pictorial look at the boats and crews, along the front. I must say that I have not really felt the urge to do so. Maybe it's the Winter months, or maybe my thoughts about a subject being overdone to a point where the reader might just say, "Hey enough already". My publisher did not like my first idea about doing a book about my Exhibit and the artifacts that have survived over the years, which kind of made me step back and say, "OK, now what do I try". Maybe I am wrong in this way of thinking, but I don't want to do a third book, just because. To me, it's important that the reader enjoy the subject matter, and if I can't come up with something that I think will make the reader say "Wow,I haven't seen this before", why put in all of the efforts that it takes to complete a book. Just my thoughts.
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I believe that the effort that the PT Boat authors are putting in to their books is one terrific way of honoring those that served. I especially like the interviews of the original crews done by the authors as they are very few left. My dad is 92. He really cannot help my research much any more. I am very glad I started 4 years ago when his memory was much clearer. Books with high quality images are always welcome.

I visited the National Archives in College Park MD twice for two full days each. They do a terrific job for researchers (and amateur researchers) and their photographic collection is immense. The staff there is extremely helpful.

In additions to the hundreds of pictures they have for you to scan, they have many that are still in negative form for which you need to contact a professional service to obtain a copy.

Nat

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Victor;
When I went to PTHQ, I went through 10,000 photos and I spent over 8 hours with Alyce Mary back in Dec 1997, while my pregnant wife was back at the hotel. yes I am still hearing about this escapade, till this day.
Take care,
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