Saturday, May 28, 2016

The last magazine article

The Avenger torpedo bomber is the subject of my last-ever magazine article among thousands that have appeared under my byline since 1955.

The article will be in the June issue of America in WWII magazine. This is a great magazine to work for, with great editors.

It's fitting. I belong to the Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, which operates a TBM-3E Avenger (Doris Mae TBM Facebook Profile.)

Last of Many Articles

Since 1955, I've published 80 books, 6,000 magazine articles and 3,000 newspaper columns, mostly about the Air Force. I've enjoyed sixty "straight" years of writing about the Air Force and aviation (interrupted only partially by a 25-year stint as a Foreign Service officer.)

No one ever had a greater privilege than to write about Americans who fly and fight.  I've donated my archives and some cash to charities that I support, including the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum and the Commemorative Air Force. These groups honor veterans, educate young Americans and inspire the public.

My Tumor

In October 2015, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor known as a Glioblastoma Multiforme.

This type of tumor is always fatal. Life expectancy generally runs from three to fifteen months.

I had brain surgery December 2 and completed radiation and chemo February 25. In April, I completed my fourth round of chemo; one that requires taking pills for one full week each month. I continue to take monthly rounds of chemo.

Now May, eight months in, I continue to lose my ability to type on a keyboard. I can still talk easily though. Please don't hesitate to call me at (703) 264-8950.  I am suffering no discomfort and am in great spirits. I am enjoying the time connecting with friends and family, and most of all taking advantage of the occasional free lunch or milkshake.

Hope you like this article about a great World War II aircraft.


(703) 264-8950

Robert F. Dorr
3411 Valewood Drive
Oakton VA 22124

1 comment :

  1. Bob, as I recall you said that my Avenger book was the last or among the last that left your house is a source of gratification & pride. Thank you partner.