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City of Seven Rivers

Bekkala mystery surrounds Enola Gay bomber

August 20, 2012
The Daily News

Myron Hunter is the object of scrutiny and intrigue to those who know of him in Bill Bekkala's "City of Seven Rivers."

But no one - not even his 12-year-old neighbor Ethan Hurley - truly knows him.

While Myron's demeanor provokes hushed speculation among those he avidly avoids, most simply dismiss his eccentricity as a result of living alone for decades. When a prank gone awry results in Ethan being forced to paint the senior citizen's house as penance, the boy begins to suspect there is more to the story.

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Perhaps Myron's reclusiveness stems from a desire on his part to conceal his true identity. Ethan begins to believe that the 74-year-old is actually Arden Hennessey - bombardier on the Enola Gay and thus the man who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during WWII.

There's just one problem with his theory: all reports indicate that Hennessey - racked by guilt over his fateful act - jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge on the ten-year anniversary of the bombing.



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