real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

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real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by simonm » 08 Apr 2021 08:58

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-n ... -australia

Robson bought a box “the size of a mini-fridge” and packed it with pillows, a suitcase, a book of Beatles songs and two bottles – one for water and one for urine. His friends then nailed it shut and booked Robson as cargo on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to London.

But their plan came unstuck. The flight was full, so Robson was transferred to a PanAm flight that instead took him to Los Angeles.

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Re: real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by Mark » 08 Apr 2021 09:45

Big news story at the time by the sounds of it, and Lou supposedly wrote The Gift in the same period. Unlikely to be a coincidence, right?
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Re: real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by bleach » 08 Apr 2021 10:57

Interesting, a South Wales connection too!

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Re: real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by simonm » 08 Apr 2021 18:39

Mark wrote:
08 Apr 2021 09:45
Big news story at the time by the sounds of it, and Lou supposedly wrote The Gift in the same period. Unlikely to be a coincidence, right?
that's what I was thinking, but we don't know exactly when it was written...

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Re: real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by threechordwonder » 08 Apr 2021 22:41

This looks like the counterpart to the story I posted on the General Discussion page years ago.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31700049

Both stories feature crates, two bottles and being turned upside down. It's all a bit hard to believe.

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Re: real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by threechordwonder » 09 Apr 2021 08:27

Although with Lou's extensive knowledge of the world around him, he would have known about the practice of sending children by US parcel post in the 1910s. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-ne ... 180959372/

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Re: real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by simonm » 09 Apr 2021 08:40

threechordwonder wrote:
08 Apr 2021 22:41
This looks like the counterpart to the story I posted on the General Discussion page years ago.
nothing is new
Haha!

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Re: real life Waldo Jeffers,1965

Post by threechordwonder » 09 Apr 2021 09:15

simonm wrote:
09 Apr 2021 08:40
nothing is new
No, but it sure is weird ...

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