Born in a little town east of Cleveland, Ohio, I attended Kent State, taking a degree in Political Science and History; served in the U.S. Army (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) at Lakenheath Airbase in Suffolk, East Anglia, England.
This experience was one the most memorable of my existence because my people are Scots and, other than my father and mother, I had never met a relative in my life. I was able to visit a number of them in England and Scotland.
I also enjoyed military life. I understand a soldier's mind. My father, the best read, the kindest, the toughest man I ever met, was a machine gunner in the Cameron Highlanders for four years in World War I. He liked to grow Easter lilies, loved the Tradition of Arms, and taught me the Grandstanders Americans so love, the Custers and the Pattons, make their reputations on the dead bodies of young men, and often, eventually their own.
To this wisdom, we should add what a caller on "talk radio," called, "Onward Christian Nazis [let's make that "Constantinian" because these blood-thirsty folk are not followers of Jesus], Defenders of the New World Order, Marching as to War" -- Chicken Hawks, who avoided combat or Service themselves altogether, in order to better send other Citizens' sons and daughters to fight an "unwinnable war against terror" (as Stars and Stripes extrapolated it -- 10/24/04: and as the President has now repeatedly termed it, as recently as yesterday) after "a catastrophic success," the product of phenomenal ignorance, in Iraq: President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Chaney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Pearle, Karl Rove, David Frume, Douglas Feith, John Negroponte, Elliot Abrams, almost the whole Project for the New American Century group, who like to call themselves the Cabal. They have also done more than any other group in the History of the United States to re-establish destruction of the Environment, mislead the Public on the existance of Global Warming and its extent, roll back social programs, break long standing International treaties, and saddle the country with crippling, eventually inflation-creating National Debt. They have insured that America will be regarded as a hate-inducing isolate for decades to come.
Upon my return, I took graduate work in English at KSU and came west with my first wife to the Bay Area of California. I have been married twice, have four grown children.
I have been active in politics, civil rights and union activities.
As Macresarf1, Alex Fraser has published over 550 reviews, essays, stories and poems at Epinions.com.
At wellesnet.com, as Glenn Anders, he has posted over 1200 comments upon the career and work of Orson Welles, a subject of great interest to him since he heard the Mercury Theater on the Air Production of H.G.Welles "The War of tdhe Worlds" on October 31, 1938, and saw CITIZEN KANE at the age of nine in the late spring of 1941.
Macresarf1 (a.k.a. Alex Fraser) is cited and acknowledged by Popular Culture Scholar, Clinton Heylin (the definitive biographer of Bob Dylan), in his just published Despite the System: Orson Welles vs. the Hollywood Studios. Heylin refers to Macresarf1's Epinion-memory of the famous "lost" version of Welles' MR. ARKADIN/CONFIDENTIAL REPORT.
He has also been credited by Director Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Museum as being an influence on his MR. ARKDIN: THE COMPREHENSIVE VERSION, included within Criterion's three disc box set: THE COMPLETE MR.ARKADIN (a.k.a CONFIDENTIAL RREPORT (2007).
Recently, he was pleased to receive an Author's Page at San Francisco's Red Room, a new and promising registery for writers in San Francisco, the United States, and around the World.
Heart of Darkness, the Works of Orson Welles.
Larry French, Todd Baesen
Reading, History, Politics, Movies (particularly, the classics -- i.e., Orson Welles, Erich Von Stroheim, John Ford, Carol Reed, Sergei Eisenstein, Jean Renoir, etc.)
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