From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) the dog-boy of Carnies Past Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 11:58:27 -0500 Robert B. writes: >The dated aspect of clothing and hairdo, plus the sepia tone of the >pictures, suggests to me that both pictures are from a much earlier >time--and clearly predate the Golden Year, when supposedly the encounter >with Charlie Turner takes place. A quibble: the Golden Year is the year Den met Lois and Sherry, when he was about 45, and before he became president. His meeting with Charlie took place a few years later, after he was president. > Moreover, the second male figure in the >photo is described as being not "really very tall," implying rather he is >simply tall. Roy has suggested that this mystery figure may be Julius Smart, >but Julius Smart is so small he has to buy boy's shoes for his tiny feet, >whereas Den, as we know from his medical checkup, is 6 feet tall. Smart isn't all that small; he's "just under average height" (114). Miss Hadow underestimates Tom's true height (7' 6") by eight inches, mostly because the other man is so much shorter--two feet shorter, if he's Smart; she's not used to seeing such relative disparity. Another possibility, if Smart is the shorter man, is that the photo is a few years older than the one of Candy, and that Tom hadn't reached his full height yet. [snip] >And >if the second picture is a snapshot of Tom and Den--taken after the latter >possibly checks out the carnival as potential home for his illegitimate >child, or after having trysted with part-time hooker Candy--this might >explain why Charlie sent it to him. Either I'm seriously misreading you, or this last sentence of this paragraph contradicts the first (quoted above). If "both pictures are from a much earlier time--and clearly predate the Golden Year", and if the two men are Tom and Den, then you have Den looking for a home for a teenage daughter he begot on a 16 year old Sherry he hasn't even met yet! -Roy --