Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My late grandfather was a prolific reader. Prior to him passing away (over 15 years ago) I visited him in Mexico one day and we started talking about recent books we were reading. To my amazement he started talking about "Lines and Shadows," which I was reading at the same time. It was a total coincidence.
He stated how important the story was and how the border problems had no easy solution. After I started this documentary I searched for his copy of the book but it looked like it was lost - until by accident my grandmother found it and sent it to me. Here you can see the cover.
On the last page of the book it states this is one copy of only 30,000 copies that were printed. A collectors item in my opinion : )
The translation for the paragraph at the bottom of the book reads as follows - "10 men try to conquer the complex and dangerous frontier between the United States and Mexico. A novel where reality is even more terrifying than fiction."
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I received this email the other day from a police officer in Camden, NJ. It's really great to get emails like this and to know that people do care about this story. To me it's really encouraging and it's evident that other police officers understand the importance of this project and the personal sacrifice these men went through.
"Every once in a while I surf the net looking for any info I can find on the heroes of what I consider to be one of the most incredible stories in the history of law enforcement.
"Your project is, in my opinion, is long overdue. The story of what these officers accomplished in those hills at great personal sacrifice needed to be expanded upon.
"Lines and Shadows remains my favorite book. A book that I always felt should be transferred to film. The participants needed to be heard through their own voices. I will be visiting your website periodically in anticipation of any news on your project. Thank you."
Sergeant Kurt Clauss
Camden City Police Dept.