Saturday, January 19, 2013

Memory Lane

I had a nice trip down memory lane last week after getting an email from an old acquaintance, Peter Katel, a long time accomplished journalist.  He and I first met when I was working for Governor Bruce King as State Liquor Director in the late 70's.  He worked for the Albuquerque Tribune and was respected for his fairness and doggedness.

We met for coffee.  He has returned to Albuquerque after a great career working for the likes of Time and Newsweek.  Like me, he is lamenting the demise of decent journalism on all levels in America.  I know I constantly wonder what that means for the future of this country.  It probably isn't good.

You can visit Peter's website and learn more about him.  There is a section in there about his heroic mother's efforts in Europe during World War II.


Bubba Muntzer said...

Interesting guy, interesting life, interesting web site.

His homage to his mother is very interesting. A Russian Jew who fled Russia after the Revolution, settled in France, then stayed behind when the Germans came to help other Jews escape. Eventually came to the US where she translated important books. A woman of high ideals.

I couldn't help notice she was a Trotskyite, generally considered the ones who held on to the high ideals of the Russian Revolution -- a world where everyone can get a fair shake -- after things devolved into the tragedy that became Stalinism.

None of the four or five articles of his I read made me think he's anything like a Leftist Radical himself, but he surely absorbed some of his mother's courage and sense of right and wrong.

You seem to know a lot of interesting people. It's one of the things that makes your blog so interesting and no doubt one of the reasons there are so many Baca-ites.

Bubba Muntzer said...

Nice portrait, too. Excellent in fact. He might want to use that.

Peter Katel said...

Many thanks Jim and Bubba M. I can only hope to have absorbed any of my mother's (and father's) values.

Only to add that the state of journalism today isn't the fault of the dwindling number of reporters slogging it out day by day and hour by hour. We owe them a big debt of gratitude. Whom we can blame - that's a much longer discussion.