Beyond Human Capacity By Michael Hotchkiss The elevator eased to a stop at ST6. Subterranean Level floors were not shown on the directory plaque in the expansive lobby of EnSidio Corp, 25 meters above. An orange glow radiated through the gap of opening doors like a vertical sunrise. There were no door numbers or labels … More Beyond Human Capacity
This is a story I submitted to a writing contest. The writing prompt was “Fall” and “Love”. I’m pretty sure I nailed the theme.
This is Part 1 of The Rescue which is a continuation of San Pietro Rose posted previously in this blog. Parts 2 and 3 of the Rescue to follow in the coming weeks.
by Michael Hotchkiss The 6:43 am Metro North train pulled into Stratford station, predictably, four minutes late. The train had left its origin from New Haven at 6:21. How it lost four minutes with only two stops baffled and agitated me more than usual. It also was a shitty day for June. My mood was … More Earbuds, iPhones & Sheep
Photo from Ralph Hotchkiss Archives. General Mark Clark of the 5th Army addressing the 36th Division, Dec. 1943 This is part 3 of a historical non-fiction short story. It is based on song lyrics written by Major Frank Pellegrin about a doughfoot named Joe Maloney who meets an Italian girl named Rose after the US … More San Pietro Rose – Part 3
It was time to go. I’m not sure what prompted this. I was as popular as ice cream, I had lots of friends. I oozed confidence and possessed youthful energy more powerful than the sun. I took a step anyway. It was a new place with lots of brick buildings connected by concrete paths that … More Steps
Photograph from Ralph Hotchkiss Archive: March 1944 – Italian peasants using a ferry built by the US Army Corp of Engineers. This is part 2 of a historical non-fiction short story. It is based on song lyrics written by Major Frank Pellegrin about a doughfoot named Joe Maloney who meets an Italian girl named Rose … More San Pietro Rose Part 2
Photograph from Ralph Hotchkiss archive: Captain Ralph Hotchkiss (Left – my Grandfather & Major Frank Pellegrin) Ravello, Italy March 1944. This is a historical non-fiction short story. It is based on song lyrics written by Major Frank Pellegrin about a doughfoot named Joe Maloney who meets an Italian girl named Rose after the US Army … More San Pietro Rose Part 1
Michael Hotchkiss winterlinestories.com Frank and Joe were face down in the muddy depression they had clawed out; the best version of a foxhole exploding shells and the persistent whiz of bullets would allow. The only other sounds were the variety of screams from soldiers being hit. The dissonance of armed conflict would be much worse … More Saving Private Maloney
Photo: Major Ralph Hotchkiss and major Frank Pellegrin in Naples, Italy August, 1944. Photo taken by Sherman Montrose (ACME Photo) February 25, 2017 I have spent a great deal of time in the last year researching a specific topic that I had no idea fate would place in front of me. I’m speaking of the Italian Campaign of … More San Pietro Rose