Record collectors, vinyl geeks (myself included), hipster history devotees, and barstool musicologists, among additional permutations thereof, owe hosannas aplenty to the ongoing life labors of Pat Thomas.
Recently, the yearly reading of "Howl" at Columbia University attracted crowds to the Philosophy Hall. An irony was not missed: in his days, Allen represented rebellious youth. Now, he is the poet of our time.
Dad's Pentagon career began in the early 80s when this issue of nuclear non-proliferation --- his area of expertise -- was considered more of an industrial and diplomatic issue than one of national defense.