1961 ORIGINAL, FASCINATING MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND HAND WRITTEN RELIC OF AMERICA AT A TIME WHEN THE LIGHT OF ONE ERA WAS FADING AND HEARTBREAK AND HIPPIES WERE ON THE HORIZON

By: JACK MUSSELMAN

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On offer is a very interesting, original daily diary kept by a lawyer during an incredibly tumultuous time in the United States. The diary is large, measuring 12 inches by 7.5 inches. There are 365 pages plus memoranda and the volume is approximately 90% complete. The diary is in fair condition. The spine is slightly damaged and many pages are stained. However, the handwriting is quite legible. Of special interest are the newspaper clippings and articles included which reference momentous events of the day. The author of the diary is Jack Musselman, a lawyer who resides and practices in Florida. The diary covers the year 1961. Musselman was born in 1926 and served in the United States Navy. Following discharge in 1948, he studied law. After receiving his law degree in 1950, he moved to Pompano Beach and opened a law practice. Four years later, he was elected to the state House of Representatives, where he served until 1958. He continued his practice until 1986, when Florida Gov. Bob Graham appointed him to the bench to serve an unexpired term. Musselman died suddenly in 1997 at the age of 71. The diary covers the daily activities of his law practice and includes many personal references. This was also a year in which many significant events in U.S. history took place. "This is the first day that we had this diary. Bought it from Tom Runch of Business Equipment Co. for $6.80 inc 20 cents tax. The day spent in office entirely. I didn't earn much money today but worked hard. Having the same old trouble getting my work done in the face of phone calls, consultations etc. The biggest problem of all is the phone calls, which take all my time and won't even permit cohesive thought on any subject for any length of time. I'm totally unhappy about the situation, cannot seem to correct it and feel like I'm doing a lousy job of my work. Time and a lot of thought are needed. The cases pending include a rape case where the client is Uylsses Landran a Dominican who's accused by a young blond woman of raping her January 5, in the evening. They arrested him a week later January 12 and Mr. Landran calls me that night after I was asleep. She called me today from the farmers market where she found a man she said looked like her husband. She is a brave energetic woman and I admire her..." [Jan 19]; "...Anne and I had a long discussion about our relationship today. Anne is reading a new book on child psychology and is dealing with this most difficult subject. There are some good ideas in the books she's reading however. Annie Laurie Greene committed suicide this morning in a most horrible fashion. She hung herself in a tree in yard of her house. They found her about 6:00am this morning. ..." [Jan 22]; "...Met with Fred Van Lenner, John Moore, M.N. Weir, Gaines (Gaines dog food) for lunch at the Boca Raton Club. Met Sam Snead [American Professional Golfer] who was sitting at their table with them. We discussed harness racing possibilities and Mr. Weir recommended that Mr. Van Lenney meet Tom Manuel this afternoon at 4:00pm which he did..." [Jan 23] "...It looks as if Dave Oliver is going to buy the judgment and we will assign it to him so he can collect it back. Bought lunch for Jack Cheaney at Coach House Harbor. He is pondering his business future at great length. We always discuss the possible merger of the title companies and other general discussions about the ineptitude of different lawyers...John I. Whitworth is having trouble with a negro who almost killed him a week ago. He called several times. Barry Goldwater and McCarthy debated tonight…" [Jan 26]; "Today got Anne a bottle of "Flambeau" perfume as her Valentine present. We had a horrible night last night Betty Maas underwent a very depressed condition of such nature that Anne and I were afraid she was going to take her own life. Dr. Haber says she is capable of it and we talked to him last night as well as to Dr. Rowls. We decided to issue an ultimatum to her to get in the hospital or we would commit her…" [Feb 14]. He certainly noted important events including the results of the 1960 general election: "...The big news today was the inauguration of President J.F. Kennedy. His inaugural address was a masterpiece of literary style. I hope he's able to vary the mood of the people of U.S. I know he does mine to a large degree. Clipped his speech out of Lauderdale News to keep....It was 20 degrees in Washington and heavy winds and snow. Herbert Hoover plane had to turn around and come back to Florida after being in the air nine hours trying to land in Washington. The snow storm prevented it …" [Jan 20]. In addition to the diary entries, Musselman kept newspaper articles tucked into his diary. These describe some of the momentous events that transpired in 1961. There is an article, accompanied by photographs of the recovery of Allan Shepard and Gus Grissom after their first successful venture into space. Another details the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an effort to overturn Fidel Castro's government. Many other clippings deal with life and events in Florida, his own community and his family This is an excellent picture of a busy professional building his career and family life in post-WWII America. For a social historian, it offers insights into the minds-set of white, middleclass Americans at a time when their country was on the verge of enormous change brought on by the Cuba Crisis, Kennedy Assassination, Viet Nam War and the rise of the civil rights movement.

Title: 1961 ORIGINAL, FASCINATING MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND HAND WRITTEN RELIC OF AMERICA AT A TIME WHEN THE LIGHT OF ONE ERA WAS FADING AND HEARTBREAK AND HIPPIES WERE ON THE HORIZON

Author Name: JACK MUSSELMAN

Categories: 20th Century Diary, 20th Century Manuscript, Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 20th Century Ephemera,

Publisher: FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, 1961

Book Condition: Fair

Type: Manuscript

Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall

Seller ID: 0008209

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