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    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: jms historical reclamation project
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/18/2007 7:08:42 PM  

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Though in this case the historical entity being reclaimed is...well,
me, basically. I'll explain in a moment.

First, an apology and explanation for being absent for so long. The
last few months have been probably the most hectic in terms of
deadlines and work in the history of my career. The work has been
great, but there's just been a bucket of it and it's all been due at
once. I've turned in the latest draft of World War Z and it's now
going out to directors, I'm now on the third draft of the Silver
Surfer movie which is also being fast-tracked, Changeling starts
shooting in almost exactly two months, I'm hip deep in comics work and
finishing the final touches to a TV project that we will be taking out
to sell early September, and I've started the screenplay for They
Marched Into Sunlight for Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks company. All
of this, in addition to a personal tragedy - the recent loss of my
father in law - has put me way behind the eight ball of late. But I'm
finally digging out from under...which brings me to this note

While I was growing up, my family moved around a lot. Sometimes as
often as two or three times in a year, sometimes staying put for as
much as eighteen months. (No, we weren't a military family, it's a
long story.) Every six months on average we were in a new town, city,
state, new school...it became a blur after a while.

So when I turned twenty-one, I asked for only one gift on my birthday:
I wanted my past. I wanted a list of where I'd lived and when so I
could start putting together something vaguely resembling a sense of
continuity. It took a long time to get that information together, and
some of it was still sketchy, but at least I had something in hand.

And promptly proceeded to lose it.

I literally just found the envelope with the information in a box that
hadn't been checked properly and had been sitting around for
years...simply years, I tell you. I've gone on-line to try and find
photos of some of those places, but obviously it's difficult at best,
most people don't generally run around taking photos of the front of
their houses or places of work and put them on the nets for all to
see.

Then it struck me: invariably, at conventions and the like, I see B5
fans and others who tell me what the show has meant to them, and is
there anything they can do in return. I've never had a really good
answer to that question. I do now.

So I put this proposition out into the ether to see what happens.

Appended to this note is a list of places I've either lived in, gone
to school at, or in general am trying to get a handle on from my
past. I may, in time, use this information and these photos in an
autobiography (yes, I'm giving it some thought, no promises). If you
reading this live in the vicinity of any of these places and want to
take some good digital pictures of them and send them along, that
would not only be great, but if I do write that book, and use the
photos there, though there won't be a payment for them, I will be sure
to give a proper photo credit with your name at the back of the book.
(So BE SURE that the filename for any photos sent along has your name
included for reference later.)

Honestly, I'm very curious to see what this turns up.
Here goes. Again, some of these are general, I don't have street
addresses for a few of them, so just a photo of the residential parts
of the street in those cases would be great. These are all places I
lived in (plus some schools and a couple of other places) from the
start until shortly after I graduated high school, in chronological
order.
I don't want anybody going out of their way on this stuff...if it's
convenient and you're in the area and can grab a good shot, terrific,
but honestly, this is an indulgence on my part and a favor on yours,
so don't over-extend.

jms

Graham Avenue, Paterson, NJ

East 11th Street, Paterson NJ

River Street, Paterson NJ. (Looking for not only a sense of the
residential area, but my grandmother used to own a bar on River
Street, don't know if it might still be there or not.)

Van Houton Avenue, Paterson NJ

Hamilton Avenue, Paterson NJ

275 Dakota Street, Paterson NJ

Blessed Sacrament School, Paterson NJ (three blocks from River Street)

Clarence Street, Los Angeles

Utah Street School, 174 North Utah Street, LA CA

Grape Street, Los Angeles

St. Aloysius School, 2023 East Nadeau Street, LA

Pine Street, Napa CA

St. Stephen School, possibly located at 131 Midland Avenue, Kearny NJ

Butler Street, Paterson NJ

Our Lady of Lourdes School, 186 Butler Street, Paterson NJ

Clifton Avenue, Newark NJ

Summer Avenue School, 257 Summer Avenue (now Roberto Clemente) Newark
NJ

Aberdeen East Apartments, L-11 Sutton Drive, Matawan, NJ (Now Long
Brook Apartments) (Note: I THINK this is the right place, but the name
change has thrown me and I can't tell from the online real estate
shots...it was called Aberdeen East Apartments when I was there, that
much I know for sure.)

St. Benedict School, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel NJ

Lloyd Road Intermediate School 401 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, NJ

Barrington Gardens Apartments, 129 Belaire Court,

Matawan, NJ (there are two apartments side by side there...I was in at
the end of an apartment building that faced out onto a courtyard
bordered by another building, and when I looked out my window on the
other side I could see into a big forested gully)

Matawan Regional High School, 450 Atlantic Avenue, Aberdeen NJ

323 Main Street, Matawan, NJ

Inglewood High School, Inglewood CA

Lennox High School, 11033 S. Buford Avenue, Lennox CA

1250 Fifth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA

Chula Vista High School

First Baptist Church, 494 E Street, Chula Vista CA

310 North Convent Street, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Kankakee Community College (especially looking for any shots from
1972)

900 West Spring Valley Road, # 148, Richardson, Texas

Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road Dallas TX

555 Naples #304, Chula Vista, CA

65 Mitscher Street, Chula Vista, CA

Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA

3987 Debbyann Place, San Diego, CA
    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: Re: jms historical reclamation project
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/19/2007 7:53:08 PM  

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On Aug 19, 5:03 pm, "John W. Kennedy" <jwke...@attglobal.net> wrote:
> jmsa...@aol.com wrote:
> > Van Houton Avenue, Paterson NJ
>
> There is a Van Houton Street in Paterson and a Van Houton Avenue in
> nearby Clifton.
>
> I should be able to get tne NJ locations. They're all near places where
> I regularly drive.
>
The noes by my mother just said Van Houton, Paterson," so I assume
it's the former

And thanks to you and all the rest of the jms irregulars.

jms
    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: Re: jms historical reclamation project
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 8/20/2007 9:40:57 PM  

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On Aug 20, 5:02 pm, Carl Dershem <ders...@cox.net> wrote:
> "jmsa...@aol.com" <jmsa...@aol.com> wrote in news:1187578388.301183.259310
> @z24g2000prh.googlegroups.com:
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Aug 19, 5:03 pm, "John W. Kennedy" <jwke...@attglobal.net> wrote:
> >> jmsa...@aol.com wrote:
> >> > Van Houton Avenue, Paterson NJ
>
> >> There is a Van Houton Street in Paterson and a Van Houton Avenue in
> >> nearby Clifton.
>
> >> I should be able to get tne NJ locations. They're all near places where
> >> I regularly drive.
>
> > The noes by my mother just said Van Houton, Paterson," so I assume
> > it's the former
>
> > And thanks to you and all the rest of the jms irregulars.
>
> > jms
>
> WHile I'm often a little bit strange, I dunno about "irregular". :)
>
> But are there any particular places at SOuthwestern College you want shots
> of? It's not a small campus! (Same for CHula Vista High).
>

In an overall answer, whatever's really the easiest...a sense of place
(logo, main building, an overview of the campus, that sort of thing).
In the case of SCC it's the main area of the campus by the cafeteria,
the logo, the courtyards by the classes...there's an open area by the
cafeteria with a hill on a slight rise where I spent a lot of
time...but honestly, this is an indulgence and a favor on everyone's
part, so it's whatever is simplest to get with the least exertion.
I'm really just looking for a sense of place.

jms

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