Between 1939 and 1944, Elmer and Virginia exchanged hundreds of letters, which sat in shoeboxes for decades, waiting to be read again. Their letters brim with fears, frustrations, dangers, adventures, tears, and joys. They’re filled with anecdotes of everyday life and the tenor of the times.
Here are the best of them. These missives vividly chronicle their separate odysseys, their growing love for each other, and their love of music. Everywhere they went they were a sensation on the dance floor. To open this richly illustrated book is to dance with Elmer and Virginia as they struggle through the turbulent years of World War II.
John Odell is faculty emeritus of the Broadcast Electronic Media Arts Department at City College of San Francisco. Prior to teaching, he spent more than twenty-five years in television news as an award-winning video editor, also doing stints as a writer, producer, and reporter. John holds a BA from Columbia University and a Master’s in Mass Communications from San Diego State University. A U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, John served on aircraft carriers as a photo intelligence officer.