A Death in the Family and a Weekend With Almost a Million

I was out of town over the weekend, and came home to find out that my Uncle Winslow had died. It was not completely unexpected – he’d had cancer for a number of years, and had been having good months and bad months. We shared an interest in genealogy. I’ll miss him.

Winslow, Bill and George Trask, Spring 1992

Winslow, Bill and George Trask, Spring 1992 — At my father’s (Bill’s) retirement party

Winslow, Bill and George Trask, October 2003

Winslow, Bill and George Trask, October 2003 — At my brother Terry’s wedding


I spent the weekend in DC, partially to visit my brother Jeff and his fiance Rachel, and partially to attend the March for Women’s Lives. This was the fifth time since 1978 that I’d been to a protest on the Mall in Washington, and it was substantially larger than any previous protest I’d been to. We probably had somewhere near 800,000 people there, meaning it was the biggest national rally ever in DC (yup, even bigger than “The Million Man March”).

April 26 March:  Posters Including - If You Aren't Outraged, You Aren't Paying Attention

April 26 March: Posters Including – If You Aren’t Outraged, You Aren’t Paying Attention

I have been paying attention. And while I was one of the liberals who counseled “patience” at the beginning of the Bush administration, I am more outraged about the tactics of the administration every day. Just today, representatives from NASA were forbidden from making any comment to the media on an upcoming science fiction movie (The Day After Tomorrow) on global warning. Is there anything they aren’t going to gag?

At the March, I was working with Jeanne Clark, who was the lead PR person for the March and one of its organizers. I ran errands and moved people around, and was also put in charge of getting the lead banners assembled:

April 26 March:  Laurie Mann, Bannerer

April 26 March: Laurie Mann, Bannerer

The mall was unbelievably crowded, particularly before and after the March:

April 26 March:  Post March Rally

April 26 March: Post March Rally

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