(Translation at the bottom of this blog)
tisdag 26 juli 2011
lördag 23 juli 2011
Här fortsätter min serie korta porträtt av bildade personer i och i närheten av byn Ödängla i Småland när jag var en liten gosse.
fredag 22 juli 2011
I grew up in Ödängla, a small village near Kalmar in Sweden. The closest university was in Lund, 200 miles away. But despite the distance to the higher educational institutions there was no shortage of interest in culture and science. On the contrary, this village offered a very stimulating environment that I would like to describe by briefly portray some of the persons who directly or indirectly created this atmosphere.
Emil Runstam I am much obliged to school teacher Karl Emil Runstam, despite the fact that we never met. But his diligent efforts to spread education and culture in Hammarglo and the surrounding villages (like Ödängla) was of great importance. He started the temperance lodge Hammarfast, whose library he built up partly with his own money, he also mad sure that the young people in the neighborhood got someting to do in the short free hours they had. Thus he opened the door to the universe of art, literature and theater for many, not least to my father Eric, who even before he was a teenager was active in local clubs founded by Runstam. His interest in literature was founded almost certainly there, and it has been passed on!
When I now, more than 50 years after Runstam’s retirement, look for traces of him on the net, it turns out that he has left very few documents. He wrote some articles in the Skatelövs (parish of his youth) local history writings and his active involvement in e.g. associations for teachers is noted in old newspapers that have been scanned. A newspaper in Kalmar from June 1910 raises interest (it is about a meeting for elementary school teachers in Mönsterås):
"Public school teacher Karl Emil Runstam in Hammarglo gave lectures about the Federal State of Oklahoma's most remarkable woman, best known under the name Kate. A woman only 26 years old, but taking great part in Oklahoma’s transformation from territory to federal state and performing a considerable amount of work especially for the general public education, health care for the poor and prisoner’s conditions."
As a new elementary school teacher in the Småland province the just over 20-year-old Emil Runstam choosed to speak about a woman, to this very day overlooked! She was a female pioneer in American politics, "Oklahoma Kate". Why did he? We will never know, but it certainly is exciting and shows that this young man had an unbiased and open approach to the whole world.
And without Runstams urge to spread good literature, my father would probably not have put a considerable part of his meager income in the early 1950s on purchase of Swedish classics. He would probably not have gotten the impulse to start writing in the local news papers, as he did at that time. Emil Runstam had certainly no fat income either and part of what he had bought, he also bought books for – with the high goal betterment of others. When he had retired, he took a driver's license and bought a car - and died shortly afterwards in a road accident.
måndag 18 juli 2011
Detta är den sista av mina rapporter från Harry Martinson-sällskapets årshögtid 2011. Hoppas att du som läser blir intresserad av att följa med oss någon gång. 2012 är vi i Jämshög och 2013 firar vi våra majdagar i Boden (om allt går som vi vill).
För egen del kommer den som skriver dessa rader aldrig att glömma söndagens utflykt, inte bara för den utmärkta guidningen av Björn Jadling. Kanhända överdriver jag lite om jag säger att det var på håret att Skattlösberg hade fått ytterligare en invånare – bussen stod med motorn på och var på väg att ge sig av när jag återvände från promenaden till Dan Anderssons hem i Luossa. Kanske hade jag blivit lite yr av vårens dofter och humlesurr på ”ljungheden” som nämns i ”Till min syster” en dikt som för alltid är en del av vår gemensamma visskatt. Bussturen gick bland annat också till platsen för skaldens barndomshem och Björn Jadling gav en lektion i hur man kolar än idag. Tala om att leva i dikten!
söndag 17 juli 2011
lördag 16 juli 2011
"Holmgång" mellan Greider och Lundberg
...och utspel från Delblanc-sällskapets ordförande