The People of Pancho

At Play In The Archive

The Method Behind the Madness

Hello, People. I’ve gotten a few queries about how I manage my archive, so I’m going to digress a bit today and describe my process. If nerdy details are not your cup … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 27 Comments

A Late-breaking Translation

This post is an update to After Tragedy, Bureaucracy, in which I discussed a letter describing the travels of my great-grand uncle Peter Lessiack and great-grand aunt Wally Lessiack after … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · 13 Comments

After Tragedy, Bureaucracy

Hello, People. This post covers the bureaucratic aftermath of the terrible train crash in Kreiensen in 1923 that took the lives of my great-great grandmother Marie Puhlmann Lessiack, as well as … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · 14 Comments

Happy New Year, People

Happy New Year, People. It’s been three weeks since my foot surgery. I started with this enormous dressing– the hose connects to a miraculous recirculating ice machine that is one of … Continue reading

January 1, 2016 · 18 Comments

Heartbreak in Hamburg

Well, People, if I’m working in chronological order, then I can’t avoid telling this sad tale any longer. It’s the strangest feeling to miss and mourn people that I never actually knew, … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 27 Comments

And Baby Bob Makes Three

I return to my semi-chronological exploration of the lives of my maternal great-grandparents, Franz Georg Leopold Lessiack (Leo) and Margaret Spielmann Lessiack, who courted in romantic rowboats, and who were … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · 7 Comments

Christmas with the Winkies

I’m stepping out of chronological order here, but ’tis the season, so I must. There are many things that whisper, “It’s Christmas time!” to my senses, but nothing trumps the arrival … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · 21 Comments