This video was created from a 2003 Dream Streets Radio Show audio track. This particular Dreamstreets show was aired on July 28, 2003 in Newark, DE on WVUD, the Voice of the University of Delaware.
The 8 poems on this video are: Iron Hill, Early Roses of 1940, White Clay Creek, The Statue of Liberty; Summertime Sunset; Blizzard; Little Girl’s Bedtime; and The Moods of the Sea. Vic Sadot, son of the poet, is reading Jean-Henri Sadot poems, or sharing renderings of them into song as he relates the history behind the poems of Jean-Henri Sadot.
Steven Leech (Pardon svp for misspelling in video as “Leach” in earliest editions) is the Host of Dream Streets Radio Show on WVUD in Newark, DE. “Even Steven” was one of the founders of a poetry publication that gave a platform for hundreds of writers to be heard and managed to produce regular releases of Dream Streets for decades. See History of Dream Streets in www.dreamstreetsarchive.com
SYNOPSIS: Introduction & discussion of Jean-Henri Sadot’s childhood in Normandy, just across from England; his involvement starting at age 20 in WWII as a French soldier, Resistance camp participant in the Pyrennes Mountains on the Spanish border, and his escape from Nazi occupied France on a battleship running out of Toulon harbor that went to North Africa and then to Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City for retooling for warfare in the invasion of Provence in 1944. He participated in the retaking of Toulon, the same harbor he escaped from just before Admiral deLaborde ordered the scuttling of the French Fleet to keep it from being used by the Nazis and the Vichy collaboration government. Jean Sadot’s poems carry themes and perspectives on history and nature often grounded in local places or very personal experiences. He worked on the Chrysler assembly line and attended classes at the University of Delaware while raising 5 children with his wife Eleanor Lafferty, who grew up on a farm in Landenberg, PA and graduated from Kennett Square High School before serving in New York City as a US Navy “Wave” office worker during WWII. They met in a Broadway Cafe and wrote letters until reuniting after the war.
There is a discussion of strained French-American relations in 2003 due to the new invasion and occupation of Iraq by the US and UK under G W Bush and Tony Blair. The French and Germans were very much against this war. G W Bush and Dick Cheney and the NeoCons had lied to make war and profited from it with their fellow “Masters of War”. In 2003 the US and UK were not supported in the military and cultural destruction of Iraq. Most of the NATO nations, and notably France and Germany, were against the invasion of Iraq as they were doing business there, as were many American businesses. Public remarks in the media by President G. W. Bush aggravated the disagreement and tensions as Bush comments compared the 60th Anniversary of the D-Day Landing in Normandy, France to his 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq as comparable to the 1944 “liberation” of France and other European countries under Nazi occupation. Vic had just returned from playing at the Fête de Musique in Carentan, Normandy, France, his father Jean-Henri Sadot's home town. Vic has a little story to tell about cousin Gilbert Sadot getting a call in the evening from the Carentan mayor inviting him, and his visiting American and other French cousins to meet with the mayor and the town's cultural minister for champagne at the Hotel de Ville. They brought up the subject of "Freedom fries" and strained US-French relations over the G. W. Bush - Cheney regime US-UK invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Two poems have been extracted from the video to be shorter stand alone videos:
White Clay Creek & Summertime Sunset.