Eve of a Hundred Midnights tells the true story of two newlywed war correspondents’ island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the fall of Manila. The book charts the career of Melville Jacoby, who covered China and the Philippines during World War II, and recounts how Mel’s love for China and journalism brought him into the orbit of MGM scriptwriter-turned-journalist Annalee Whitmore, who he married in Manila barely a week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Portland-based Author Bill Lascher, a relative of Jacoby’s, will discuss the book and how journalists like Mel and Annalee brought the oft-neglected conflict in China and the Philippines to U.S. audiences. Lascher will also discuss how he used archival sources from private and institutional collections—including some in Oregon—to bring the Jacobys’ story to life.
Bill Lascher is a Portland-based journalist whose work appears in Atlas Obscura, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, High Country News, Portland Monthly and elsewhere. A graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and Oberlin College, Lascher studied history with a politics minor. Lascher earned a master’s degree in 2009 in specialized journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.
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