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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Days of Yore

The photograph above and its annotations in my Father's hand, although old and faded, commemorates an important, influential friendship in my Father's life--and one that I still think about. 

My father, Thomas Anthony Patrick, was 19 years old when this photo was taken, according to the date on the photo.  He had met Harold Lindsy, the son of Mr and Mrs Lindsy a few years earlier in Flint, Michigan when they had both been hired as temporary labor at a factory to unload boxcars. My father was then a middleweight fighter and in excellent shape--and Harold was what is generally called a "strapping" farm boy of well over six feet in height.  Between them they could unload a boxcar in a few hours that normally took two men a full day.   The rest of the time they would talk.  Harold learned that Thomas enjoyed hunting and told him of his parent's 80 acre farm in the north near Mikado and  said if he was ever in the neighborhood to stop by.  

The next Thanksgiving when Harold went home for the holiday, he found, to his great surprise, Thomas sitting at the table enjoying dinner. This may have been in 1933. Mrs. Lindsy was by all accounts an excellent cook and hostess.  There can be no doubt from whom Harold inherited his lantern jaw.  Thomas, who had no or little family life of his own, became sort of an adopted son for a few years until he went into the army in 1942.  The table often featured venison, canned, of praiseworthy quality, and freshly ground horseradish. One of Old Man Lindsy's witty remarks at table was to another guest who had placed a big dollop of the horseradish on his meat and then had run from the table, choking and spluttering. "I told you that the horseradish was hot." he had said. Mr Lindsy had a set of big grey plow horses named Maud and Fern. 

Thomas felt at home there; he was always welcomed and had a chair of his own.  He was informed by mail in 1945, I think, that Old Man Lindsy had died.  At the time father was in the Pacific, probably on Guam or Okinawa.  

In 1968 father purchased on land contract for $9,000 the 120 acres parcel of woods and tag alders across the road from the old Lindsy farm. I still have the land, or perhaps it has me, and have shot many a fine buck there. Father shot many more.  I think of my Father when I sit in the house we built as I blow smoke rings from my occasional cigar. And I think about the Lindsys, too.   

Incidentally, the dog in the photo is mysterious to me.  


Fordham Law Second Amendment Symposium

Great event.  Thank you to Fordham Professor Nicholas Johnson and to Fordham's Urban Law Journal Editor Kimberly Carson for inviting me to speak.  Great presentations.  All star panelists.  My presentation was on my paper, "The Second Amendment Futurist: New Gun Culture, Gun Rights, The Militia and the Zombie Apocalypse." 

Symposium: Gun Control and the Second Amendment (March 9, 2012)

February 9th, 2012

The Fordham Urban Law Journal’s Volume XXXIX Symposium:

Gun Control and the Second Amendment: Developments and Controversies in the Wake of District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago

 Friday March 9, 2012
Fordham University School of Law
James B.M. McNally Amphitheater

CLE Credit Offered. 

You may register for 4.5 Transitional & Non-transitional CLE Credits for the Symposium at

Open to the Public

10:30 am-10:40am:Welcome by Dean Michael M. Martin
10:40am-11:00am:Introduction Remarks by Harris Fischman, Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, Criminal Division
11:00am-12:30pm:Panel 1: The Effect of the Supreme Court’s Gun Control Restrictions on Crime Rates
Richard M. Aborn, President, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, and former President, Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign);
Deborah W. Denno, Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, co-editor of, and contributor to, the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, and one of the “Fifty Most Influential Women Lawyers in America,”National Law Journal, 2007;
Don B. Kates, Jr., Research Fellow, Independent Institute, and co-author of Armed: New Perspectives on Gun Control;
Gary Kleck, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University College of Criminology, and author ofTargeting Guns;
Carlisle E. Moody, Professor of Economics, College of William & Mary, and expert in econometric analysis of crime and criminal justice policy; and
John Pfaff, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, and leading empiricist.
1:30pm-3:00pm:Panel 2: The Scope of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Post-Hellerand McDonald
Michael B. de Leeuw, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, and co-author of the amicus brief for the NAACP in Heller;
Nicholas J. Johnson, Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, and author of Firearms Law and the Second Amendment, Cases and Materials;
David B. Kopel, Research Director, Independence Institute,Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law, Denver University, Sturm College of Law, and author of the amicusbrief for the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association in Heller
Nelson Lund, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, George Mason University School of Law, former Associate Counsel to the President, White House Counsel, and author of Two Faces of Judicial Restraint (Or Are There More?) in McDonald v. Chicago; and
Adam Winkler, Professor of Law, University of California Los Angeles School of Law, and author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America.
3:15pm-4:45pm:Panel 3: Urban Exceptionalism and Modern Conceptions of the Militia
Patrick J. Charles, Historian, United States Air Force 352nd Special Operations Group, and author of The Second Amendment: The Intent and its Interpretation by the States and the Supreme Court
Saul Cornell, Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History, Fordham University, and author of A Well-Regulated Militia”: the Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America;
Robert J. Cottrol, Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law and Professor of History and Sociology, George Washington University, and author of Gun Control and the Constitution: Sources and Explorations on the Second Amendment;
Michael Pastor, Acting First Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator, Office of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and formerSenior Counsel, Legal Counsel Division, New York City Law Department; and
Brian Anse Patrick, Associate Professor of Communications, University of Toledo, and author of Rise of the Anti-Media: In-Forming the American Concealed Weapon Carry Movement.
4:45pm-5:00pm:Closing Remarks

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