My Father the Racist

My father was smart, brave, determined. He was loyal and patriotic, hard-working, and he adored my mother. He devoted all his efforts to creating a great life for his family. All these things are true about my dad. And so is this: My father was an unremitting racist. To be fair, so was just about …

Boats Gone By

My dad Peter Henkel  (1929-2001) was always a trickster: a rebellious kid, a young man with a reckless streak. A  real romantic, he fell in love with my mother the moment they met. They both loved the whole 'Roaring Twenties' era and so when I was about three bought a 1930 Chris Craft speedboat to restore. …