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wFriday, June 27, 2003

YOSSARIAN DIES: Peter Kok, the real-life inspiration for Yossarian in Joe Heller's classic Catch 22 (which I've been reading for a long article in Books in Canada) died this Sunday:

Heller piloted one of the B-25 bombers under Kok's command. The 1968 movie based on the book depicted Kok's decision to refuse an order to bomb a village in northern Italy, The Grand Rapids Press reported Tuesday.

"My dad said there was no strategic purpose to it, that it would be leveling innocent villages," said Peter Kok, his eldest son. "He pulled up short, bombing open fields, and the rest of the bombers followed suit." [more]

posted by Jeremy at 9:46 AM