On Trains & Tolstoy

On Trains & Tolstoy

This past week, I've been re-reading Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina--one of my favorite novels. Anna's and Vronsky's ill-fated affair is framed by the coming-and-going of trains: they're a symbol of their love, of ties to the "West" and, ultimately, of the tragedy at the novel's conclusion. Trains were, in many ways, at the center of [...]

Tommy “Bug” Kuznicki: Nothing Short of Sensational

Tommy “Bug” Kuznicki: Nothing Short of Sensational

Before my great-grandfather enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II; before he took up professional boxing to pass the time; before he married the Swedish girl from the barn dance outside of town; and before he raised a son of his own, he was a high school student who devoted all of [...]

Boxing in Pearl Harbor

Boxing in Pearl Harbor

Thomas Michael Kuznicki, Sr. Thomas Michael Kuznicki, Sr., my maternal great-grandfather, enlisted in the United States Navy on May 19, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. At the time of his enlistment, he was working as a truck driver at Allegheny Ludlum Steel in Dunkirk, was recently married to my great-grandmother, Beatrice Maude Peterson, and was [...]