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Forum Name: Our Witches at War/Gallian Gothic
Topic ID: 28
Message ID: 8
#8, RE: OWaW 03
Posted by Gryphon on Jan-30-15 at 00:54 AM
In response to message #7
LAST EDITED ON Jan-30-15 AT 00:58 AM (EST)
>"Lieutenant Hutchins."
>You are a very bad man.

The seeds of that introduction appeared while I was working on the profile documents and had to look up everybody's birthdate. My grandparents' ages have been on my mind for a while now, for various reasons we don't need to go into here, and so when I was doing that and I noticed that Sanya Litvyak was born in 1930, it occurred to me then that most of the main characters are of their generation. Some of them are very close in age indeed - Erica Hartmann, for instance, is four days older than my grandmother.

On top of that, when he first joined the Army Reserve in college in the early '50s, my grandfather originally intended to be a pilot (despite the recent founding of the Air Force as a separate service, the Army still operated its own fixed-wing aircraft for reconnaissance and artillery spotting at the time - may still do, for all I know), but the assignment didn't come through and he wound up an infantry officer instead. One assumes the wartime Liberion Army Air Forces are a little more careful how they manage their witches' MOS paperwork. :)

Amusingly, in real life my grandmother didn't actually know she was Canadian until she applied for a border crossing card a few years ago. She always assumed she was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, like Gramp was. Even U.S. Social Security never noticed; it took the State Department digging around to discover that she was actually born just over the border in Grand Falls, New Brunswick. (In 1928! Canada wasn't a fully independent state until 1931. I think that technically makes her a British subject, although the point is moot since the U.S. government basically said, "Ah, the hell with it, nobody knew any better in '28 - have a passport." :)

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