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Overview So you think your family is 'different'? Dr. Arthur Birkby has taken the advice of many friends and written an outlandish tale of humor, love, and life in general. Dig Up My Gold, but I Won't Say Where It's Buried is a believably poignant look at this author's life through the '20s, '30s, and '40s, as his day-to-day existence alternated between glorious fulfillment and demoralizing humiliation. Even the most apparently insignificant episodes in life have often been indelibly etched on one's mind and can be beneficial when viewed in proper perspective. Dig Up My Gold, but I Won't Say Where It's Buried will keep you wanting the next treasure and the next story!
Publishers Description So you think your family is 'different'? Dr. Arthur Birkby has taken the advice of many friends and written an outlandish tale of humor, love, and life in general. Dig Up My Gold, but I Won't Say Where It's Buried is a believably poignant look at this author's life through the '20s, '30s, and '40s, as his day-to-day existence alternated between glorious fulfillment and demoralizing humiliation. Even the most apparently insignificant episodes in life have often been indelibly etched on one's mind and can be beneficial when viewed in proper perspective. Dig Up My Gold, but I Won't Say Where It's Buried will keep you wanting the next treasure and the next story How is it possible for one man to have assembled so many members of his family who are the most unusual, iconoclastic, idiosyncratic, and diversified characters imaginable? The author has done it brilliantly and made each of his readers an extended part of his family as he introduces Grampop, Uncle Bert, Cousin Robert, and my favorite, Uncle Alfred. Birkby tells his story in a smooth-flowing manner, and this is a book that one does not want to put down until the action is complete. The story is about the maturing of the author as he leaves his disciplined childhood and serves in the infantry in World War II. Having known the author since our teenage years 60 years ago and having served with him in his army regiment, I can vouch for the clear, precise details of his army experience. Wry humor is a Birkby trait, and he uses it brilliantly in his recollections of a New Jersey boy and his growing into manhood, sharing with his readers his many life experiences. I recommend it for all ages. Sydney Wexler, J.D.
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After reentering civilian life, Dr. Arthur Birkby earned the bachelors degree from Temple University, a diploma from Trinity College of London, and a master's degree and doctorate from the Philadelphia Conservatory, where he was a graduate fellow. He has been Professor of Music at Westminster College, Western Michigan University, and the University of Wyoming and has performed as an organ recitalist and with symphony orchestras in more than one hundred cities of Europe and the United States. Dr. Birkby was born in West Collingswood, New Jersey, and married Mary Sinton in1949. They live in Salem, Oregon, where he retired in 1987.
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Compelling, insightful, powerful Nov 7, 2006
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (10/06)
Arthur Birkby takes the reader on a nostalgic walk down memory lane. In the first half of the book he introduces his family, extended family, and friends. His stories touch the heart. Each unique individual from Arthur's life brought back a memory of someone from my own past.
Birkby is a natural and gifted story teller. He has lived through over 80 years of American history. The anecdotes in this book include humorous sketches about his relatives and acquaintances. Growing up during the years of the great depression provided Arthur with inimitable stories of the extremes taken by eccentric relatives to stretch their dollars. The narrative is illustrated with well chosen family photographs showing time, place, and styles of each individual era.
Reminiscent of Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation," Birkby devotes the last half of the book to relate a vivid account of his combat experiences as a young enlisted man during World War II.
From basic training to the combat service in the front lines in Europe, Arthur exemplifies the spirit of patriotism and high calling of the young soldier fighting for democracy and peace in the "War to end all Wars." Birkby pays tribute to his comrades who bravely fought with him. With keen insight Arthur relates key details of these war time experiences. Young men and women like Arthur were called upon to demonstrate selfless courage and character to preserve our freedom.
As a talented and trained pianist and organist Arthur was assigned to the post of Chaplain's assistant. This assignment gave him a unique experience. He was also assigned the duty of providing transportation and protection for the Chaplain in combat areas.
I was particularly interested in the stories relating his opportunities to use his musical talent. He played the organ for Chapel services held in the front lines. In his off duty time he sometimes found an organ to play for personal enjoyment in deserted churches and chapels. In one instance he and a friend searched an organ for booby traps before Arthur played the first note.
Arthur Birkby has created a masterful tribute to his family, his friends, and to those who served in the armed forces during World War II. The impact and inspiration will help the reader appreciate more fully the sacrifice being made by U. S. men in uniform today and their families.
This is a remarkable story of commitment, dedication, and patriotism.