Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Odd Memorabilia

My Grandpa Joe, a.k.a. Dr. Joseph Mark of Livingston, NJ,  was born on September 14, 1919 and passed away a few months ago, on Thursday, April 28, 2011. He was 91. These are photos of a WWII handgun and dagger found among his belongings.They are roughly worth $200 and $500 today, respectively.

Born in Translyvania, now Hungary, in 1919 and raised in New York City, Dr. Mark moved to Livingston in 1954. He was a U.S. Army veteran in World War II, serving with the 106th Infantry Division.  Although he avoided being killed in action, Dr. Mark was among the many Americans taken prisoner by the German military. During the Battle of the Bulge, Dr. Mark was held as a POW, and later at the German concentration camp, Berga. A concentration camp where German forces sent enemy soldiers who were suspected of being of Jewish descent. He survived, and was awarded the Purple Heart and, later, the Bronze Star in 2009 after the story of the GIs at Berga was investigated by CNN.

When asked last year by his grandson, Etan, how he had come into possession of the pistol, Grandpa Joe responded soberly and frankly, "I had a knife, and the other guy didn't."

As one of the few long living survivors of Berga, he has been featured in several books and documentaries, including:

The gun has since been disposed of in parts.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sketching and Playing with Line Weight

Here's an update of what I have drawn thus far for my Intro to Entertainment Design class. Tonight I'm supposed to be doing this week's hw, but instead I'm having fun learning how to ink my drawings, and play around with line weights.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cubicle Decore, Construction Complete

My biggest contribution here at Dreamworks (in these short two months), has been helping my desk mates, Jen and Lucy, build a pvc frame over their desks. Measured everything out during lunch last week; took a few quick trips to the hardware store this week for pipes and paint; cut everything over two lunches, Tuesday and yesterday; and painted and constructed today. This, and four bug fixes, will be my legacy.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Ride stats (before my phone died)

Sent via Google Maps: Rachel Mark sent you: LA River Ride Map

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Sadly my phone died 30 miles from the finish line. But here's the map from my ride first century ride!

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

35 mile mark!

Pictures from my first century ride, from the 35 mile mark!