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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lost With All Hands - Prescient Words From 1937

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is a mystery.  New evidence appears hour by hour as to where the flight headed, who was at the controls, and today more news of a personal kind: descriptions contributed by family members about the individual passengers.

The following article from a Baton Rouge, LA newspaper, January 17, 1937 - 77 years ago - gives us a prescient and haunting glimpse at the future for 1937 - a future that is now our present world. 

In 1937, even without the specter of our current technological capabilities of radar, cell phones, satellite images, the basic facts are the same.  A plane still disappears at sea, all hands "lost." 

And as the writer of this thoughtfully-penned article points out, disappearances of ships at sea have been happening since Ulysses. Still, families wait for news with a mix of grief, hope, confusion, denial, and unending questions.  With all our technology, the stages of longing for missing loved ones does not seem to have changed one iota.   Seventy-seven years later, we still pace the "Widow's Walk," hoping against hope for good news from the invisible realm.

Here is the article in sections - author unknown: 

Source of Article:  "Lost with all Hands," Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge, Lousiana: January 17, 1937 edition: page four. Author unknown. Digital database:

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