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January 30, 2008


Lance Cpl Nick Ciccone, drawn by Michael Fay, based on a photo

Combat Artist

Combat Artist

In addition to carrying a weapon, Warrant Officer Michael Fay also carries watercolors, pencils and a sketchbook into combat. Mike's one of two active-duty combat artists in the U.S. Marine Corps. So far, he's been to both Afghanistan and Iraq twice. Mike says war and art have always gone together. He has been particularly struck by the light, the rawness of war scenes, and the young-old look he sees on the weary faces of Marines. 

He talks with Dick Gordon about what he saw and heard on his last deployment to Iraq. At times, Mike was unable to sketch, so he kept an audio journal in order to remember the images later.


What Could Have Been

Laurel Benedict heard our pitch for stories about celebrities, and she wrote to tell us hers.

She was in the 8th grade. She had fallen for the new boy in school. He was tall, dark and handsome. Laurel was the class clown, and she always tried to make this boy laugh. At the 8th grade graduation dance, they were doing a line dance, boys in one line and girls in another. As the lines advanced, she could see it would soon be her turn with the boy of her dreams. When they faced off, he said "I'm not dancing with you."

Years later, she turned on the TV and saw that boy. The show was Cheers, and the boy was Ted Danson. She still thinks of that moment now that she herself is a middle school teacher.

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