Matt Unger's transcription of the 1924 diary of his grandfather, Harry Scheurman, has earned a write-up in Sunday's New York Times.
Mr. Unger’s mother first showed him the volume when he was doing a fifth-grade project on family history. But he examined it closely only last Thanksgiving, at which point he decided to transcribe it.
At odd moments, the two worlds occasionally seem to touch, as they did the day Mr. Unger impulsively dialed Mr. Scheurman’s old telephone number — ORchard-0505.
“Some company picked up the phone,” the grandson said. “I was so wigged out that I just blurted, ‘I’m sorry, this is the wrong number.’” [Link]