Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1943
The news just broke today of a great sea battle in the Pacific as the Japanese fight to take back the Solomon Islands. The delay in announcing the event was taken as a sign of heavy American losses. Today, in our age of instant communication, how can we fathom what it must it have been like for mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends reading this at home? They might not know for days at best if their son or daughter was dead or alive – and, if alive, in safe hands or a prisoner-of-war. The big news on the Home Front is that rationing of canned goods will start March 1. So how about an artichoke? There was a whole illustrated article today on how to prepare and eat this exotic vegetable. And just as the war goes on, so does Errol Flynn’s trial for the rape of a 17-year old. A small item of interest is an article about a training device that has become ubiquitous in our day and age: the treadmill. Likened to a “magic carpet,” it could train troops to march through the Libyan desert, the jungles of Guadalcanal, and the frozen wastes of the Arctic.