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“LADY LIBERTY”   A.I.-generated portrait, by Bas Uterwijk (fair use)

Dear Reader,

Digits are ephemeral.  I’ve lost two recent blogposts which I posted last week, before migrating my site to a new host,.  The photos are easy to repost, but the writing seems to be gone.  As exceedingly unlikely as it might be, maybe somebody out there filed the text of either of these posts?  One was titled FILM REVIEW:  A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood; (posted July 27) and the other was titled  ¿¿ What is Liberty ??  (posted July 31).  If you happen to have either of them, I would be most grateful to hear from you in the comment section, or at my personal email, if you have it.  (If you don’t wish to see your name in print, simply say so, as I can keep your response private.)  Note to anyone who might need to migrate a WordPress site:  Recent drafts are fugitive, and will be abandoned during transit!

If you’ve passed up this film, thinking it’s sappy, smarmy, kids-stuff, you’ve missed a gem about a true encounter between a hardboiled journalist and a PBS children’s entertainer which is subtly powerful.  An acquaintance who worked with Fred Rogers at the TV studio encouraged me also to read the cover article from Esquire magazine which hatched the film.  I did, and it’s quite good.

(Still hoping to find the original blogposts)