Morris was kind enough to lend me two of his books. I read both in one day, something I have never done before, they are that well written, entertaining, historical, and interesting.
A couple of snafus from the “SNAFUs and Love Letters” book: Morris was about to have his first date with Enid. He was on hold at the induction center at Camp Dodge. Enid was going to prepare him a home-cooked meal. He was getting ready for the date, his mouth watering, when he was ordered to get on a train for California. Drat! “What might have been?”
He wound up in Hawaii after a long, arduous trip aboard a troop transport. He was in the Army for some time, and was working in the message center, when it was realized that he’d had no basic training! He and a buddy were given a half-day, two-week, crash course.
Olivia de Havilland (“Gone With the Wind”) had been visiting the troops. She came down with pneumonia and was hospitalized in an Army hospital. One of Staff Sergeant Maurice Stamps’ “dreaded daily duties” was to hand carry a message to General Richardson as to de Havilland’s condition. “Dang!” Morris was careful not to elaborate too much about de Havilland in his letters to Enid.
At 98, Morris Stamps feels he has a couple more books left in him. Seymour hopes so. His last book is in major libraries across the country. Seymour is looking forward to celebrating Morris Stamp’s 100th birthday. But Morris has more important things on his mind. A friend recently gave him a CD player for his television, and a CD of his favorite movie of all times, “Random Harvest” with Greer Garson and Ronald Colman. He has watched it hundreds of times. Tonight will be no exception.
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