Pinball is big business in Japan. Known as pachinko, the
multibillion-dollar industry is dominated by Korean Japanese, an immigrant
community that has been unwelcome and ill-treated for generations. In her new
novel, Pachinko, Min Jin Lee tells
the story of one family’s struggle to fit into a society that treats them with
Lee got the idea for her book when she was still a college
student. It was 1989 and she went to a lecture by an American missionary who
had been working with the Korean Japanese in Japan. He told a story about a
13-year-old boy who committed suicide. After his death the boy’s parents found
his school yearbook.
“And in this yearbook several of his classmates had
written things like: Go back to your
country,” Lee says. “They had written the words: die, die, die. The parents were born in
Japan, the boy was born in Japan. … That story just really could not be more
fixed in my brain.”
Witness Nita Neary during serial killer Ted Bundy’s trial. Nita was a member of the Chi Omega sorority where Bundy had brutally attacked several women, killing 21 year old Margaret Bowman and 20 year old Lisa Levy. Neary’s testimony, along with Connie Hastings, was a crucial part of the trial as she placed Bundy in the vicinity of the Chi Omega house on the night of the attacks, as she saw him leave the house while clutching the murder weapon.
Nita Jane Neary goes over a diagram of the Chi Omega sorority house during her testimony in the Theodore Bundy murder trial. Ms. Neary said she was positive that Bundy was the man she saw sneaking out of the house at Florida State University the morning two of her sorority sisters were slain.
So who taught a young Jack Daniel how to distill what would become the world’s best-selling whiskey? Until recently the public assumed that credit belonged to Dan Call, a Tennessee preacher & distiller. But actually, it was Call’s slave, “Uncle Nearis”. As you can imagine, it’s a complicated story for the brand.