Americana: Love's Labor Lost

"If, by the time this letter reaches you, I am old and gray, I know that our love will be as fresh as it is today . . . If this should never reach you, it will still be written in my heart that I will go to extreme means to prove my love to you." The incurable romantic who wrote this letter aboard a ship between Hawaii and the West Coast on March 14, 1971, chose a means of delivery that was extreme indeed. He signed his love note "Your husband, Bob," addressed it to his wife in Seattle,...

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