“Hey You, Arab … I Hope You Won’t Forget Me”

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While some might call it a casual summer romance, a brief one-week infatuation, a coincidental interlude between two college students brought together by utter chance, meeting Susan Samson in Mid-August of 1968 was a memorable and life-changing experience. Within days of our embracing and our bidding each other farewell, Susan kept her promise; she wrote me a letter onto which I have held as a memento of a brief yet meaningful friendship from the turbulent 1960’s. But infinitely more significantly, I have held on to this letter because on Friday, August 23, 1968, Susan exhibited immaculate individual poise, unimpeachably exceptional moral fortitude, and an upright and flawless integrity well beyond her 19 years.

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