Garage Sale


Born the third of February 1932, the day "Shanghai Express" starring Marlene Dietrich premiered in Los Angeles, Melvin Dale Clark served his country in the United States Army, received his Masters in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico, invented the Distributed Feedback Strip Transmission Line Oscillator (U.S. Patent No. 3,360,743), worked at Sandia Labs as well as embassies in Saudi Arabia and South Africa. He's done lots of other stuff but the point is he got a lot of mileage out of his mind before this cursed Alzheimer's started eroding it.

Mel with a map at a ranch in southern New Mexico

I'm a friend of his who looks after him (he calls it "hassling"), tries to keep the scammers and snake oil salesman away from his income, gets him to his doctors appointments, and tries but sometimes fails to keep the bills paid. And that's what the garage sale is about. I'd like to see him stay in his own place as long as he can.

The Stuff
Vitex Bonsai

It's one in the morning the day of the sale and you'd never guess it by the look of the garage.

I've got a picture of the bonsai but it's a couple of years older now. I'll try to get some more up here before dawn.

Stan Washburn Etching

MEDIUM Etching on paper
DATES 1980
DIMENSIONS sheet: 10 1/2 x 12 5/16 in. (26.7 x 31.3 cm) image: 6 x 6 13/16 in. (15.2 x 17.3 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "S. Washburn"

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Stan Wasburn etching