I ran across this little bit of interesting information while researching this novel. In the week before Pearl Harbor, one of the winners at Charlestown Race Track, the place where all the DC swells went to lay down a bet on a horse, was a long shot named War Smoke.
I thought of working that into the book somehow, but didn't. Research is best left as a seasoning rather than the main course.
But still, War Smoke, that's pretty cool.
Cool little factlet.
"War Smoke" is a hella cool name. It's going to be in my head all day.
A long time ago, I remember Winnie saying that she was in a kitchen washing dishes in California, when she heard on the radio that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. My mind's eye sees her with a permanent wave in her hair, looking out of the window over the sink, with Cynthia playing on the kitchen floor. Mygod, her husband was so far away.
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