Leonard Kniffel, former publishing executive for the American Library Association in Chicago, died March 19, 2021 of Pancreatic Cancer. Born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan on August 25, 1947, Kniffel was a librarian, journalist, and the author of  A Polish Son in the Motherland: An American’s Journey Home, a travel memoir published in 2005 by Texas […]

A Wish on Election Eve 2020

FAMILY BEFORE POLITICS, EVEN DURING THE VIETNAM WAR Writing on the morning of November 3, I can say that I will be neither ecstatic nor enraged over the results of the 2020 Trump/Biden presidential race. If there is one thing I learned from an era 50 years ago when America was more dangerously divided than […]

Polish American Journal Review of 2nd Busia Story

reviewed by Mary Lanham September 2020 Busia: School Days on the Farm with my Polish Grandmother By Leonard Kniffel, 2019, 49 pgs. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Busia: Seasons on the Farm with my Polish Grandmother by Leonard Kniffel. In the slim memoir Kniffel recounts a life growing up […]

Remembering Michigan Governor William Milliken

On August 26, 1966, the day after my 19th birthday, I attended in Lansing the Fall State Convention of the Republican Party of Michigan. I can barely remember the details, but I saved a copy of the agenda. The keynote speaker was Senator Robert P. Griffin. Governor George Romney (Mitt’s father) also addressed the delegates. […]

Busia Second Volume Sales to Benefit Museums, Church Restoration, Journalism Foundation

Book Launch & Signing Confirmed for December 21 & 22 The Hamtramck (Michigan) Historical Museum at 9525 Joseph Campau will host a book launch for Busia: School Days on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother by Leonard Kniffel on December 21, followed on December 22 by a book signing at the Polish Art Center next […]

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