The Snoozeletter @

An Open Letter To The Vaccination Credential Initiative. 

TO: VCI™ Steering Group -- Mayo Clinic, MITRE Corporation, Microsoft, The Commons Project Foundation, Evernorth, CARIN Alliance, UC San Diego Health, Apple

Dear Sirs/Madams:

You have made an inappropriate and ill-considered decision:

to remove MyIR:

from your list of valid/verified SMART Health Card issuers:



As you know, MyIR has become the official recordkeeper for the immunization records maintained by eight government organizations (Arizona, DC, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia), representing over 31 million people. So you are, in effect, denying millions of folks the opportunity to obtain the SMART Health Cards that would enable them to safely return to work, school and travel.

Please reconsider.

Alan C. Baird


Westfield High School (MA) outdoor track records, 1969. 

100 Yard Dash - 10.1 - David Canterbury 1966 (1948-2007); Coaches Robert T. Andersen (1923-2017) & Reign G. Rix.
120 Yard High Hurdles - 15.4 - Pat Kamins 1968
180 Yard Low Hurdles - 21.5 - Gregory Grimm 1965 (1947-1994), Pat Kamins 1968
220 Yard Dash - 22.9 - Al Laude 1969 (1951-2018)
440 Yard Dash - 52.9 - Ronald Smith 1965
1/2 Mile Relay - 1:37.2 - Ralph Tarnauskas, Larry Andersen, Kerry Granfield, Al Laude 1969
1/2 Mile Run - 2:07.0 - Alan C. Baird 1969
1 Mile Run - 4:42.7 - Alan C. Baird 1969
2 Mile Run - 10:29.2 - Alan C. Baird 1969
Long Jump - 21'9½" - David Canterbury 1966
High Jump - 6'4¼" - Bert Cashman 1969
Pole Vault - 9'6" - Bruce Webber 1961, Jim Gusek & Gerry McGilpin 1969
Shot Put - 44'3" - Robert Tufts 1967
Discus - 132'5" - Robert Tufts 1967
Javelin - 168'3" - Robert LaPointe 1967

ZoomFest (+ Stephen FitzGerald, Robert Grace, Michael Kay, Bruce LaPointe. Michael Rood, William Walthall) and Cross Country.
Current records a/o 2021May20 at WHS Athletics + unofficial--and incorrect--records website + official records board:


Hoosier Daddy. 

kevin 720x1280In America: Remember is the website for an art exhibition which "blankets the National Mall with over 660,000 white flags, showing the magnitude of our loss as a nation, while honoring each person who has died from COVID-19." This installation covers 20 acres beneath the Washington Monument. Search their Dedicated Flag Map for "Kevin Allen Densmore" to see the location of my buddy Kevin's flag. You can also search their COVID Lost Loved Ones map for "Kevin Allen Densmore" and scroll down to see the photo of Kevin that's also embedded on this blog.

LATER - click the VER VIDEO button on this page to see a 1:42 time-lapse clip of the COVID-19 memorial created from grains of hourglass sand by:



If you've lost someone to COVID-19... can dedicate a flag to them on the National Mall, until September 30:
The Day The Planes Stopped Flying (20 years ago). 

I wrote the following story on the afternoon of 9/11/2001. It was published the next day by an online ezine, and in a print anthology six weeks later:
Read the 2021 Emmy-Nominated Scripts! 

My latest aggregation article at Stage 32:


The Social Dilemma is screening for free until September 30:
"Asking For A Friend."  book cover

It's my new essay, just published in this Australian anthology. Enjoy!

25 Miles From Here, Pure Slush Vol. 21

95 writers imagine what it's like to want to be anywhere but where they are right now... featuring stories, essays and poetry.

LATER: I just discovered that this publication is in Pocket Book format (4.25 x 6.875 inches). My other two placements with Pure Slush (Gluttony and Greed) were in US Trade format (6 x 9 inches), so it was quite a shock to see this smaller volume. The font size is tiny, too.