July 10, 1957
Let’s suppose you are a famous comedian with a hit TV show. Fame and wealth are yours–more than you could have ever imagined. You are recognized wherever you go.
Now let’s suppose that the doctors at UCLA say your 9-year-old son, Richard, has less than a year to live because of incurable leukemia. Maybe only five months. All that wealth and fame can’t bring him even one more day.
You don’t know how to explain such things to a 9-year-old, so you haven’t told him. Right now, the leukemia is in remission. He has no idea he has such a brief time to live.
But when he sees “The Last Days of Pompeii” on TV and thinks it looks interesting, that’s all you need to book a trip for you, your wife, your son and your 10-year-old daughter to Pompeii. There’s no way to pack a lifetime’s worth of experiences into a year, but you can try, so you add stops in Copenhagen, Switzerland, Rome, Barcelona, Paris, London and Dublin, Ireland. Continue reading