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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 2 comments on A Disaster at Sea and a 70-Year-Old Secret Drive Tonight’s Cinemathèque Film

  1. Professor Waller, my husband and I watched your documentary on your father today. What an incredible story, not only of the war but of the great effort your father put forth to make this right in his own eyes. You did an outstanding job on this film and we were very moved.

    What has been so incredible to me has been the fact that my dad, David Waller, was also in WWII and was also in Italy. What is also incredible is that his brother’s name was also John Waller. My Dad’s people were from Washington County, Florida; however some of our relatives did live somewhere in the northern states.

    I have not done much with our family tree. My older sister, Sue, was big on this; however, she passed away the 13 of July this year. I am very interested to see if perhaps our families are somehow related.

    How is your Dad? I hope he is still able to enjoy life with his family. My dad passed away in January of 2005, two months shy of his 90th birthday. Cherish your time with your father and for the great memories you have given him and have had with him.

  2. Another thing that struck me was the contrast between the technology of the industry these huge boats, super-efficient containers and the technology allowed to the people on board. You mention that even though the ship you were on was only four years old, the seafarers weren t allowed Intern f6 et access of any kind. How do you explain this divide?

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