Box #2 A set of Grandpa Joe's nine passports.
On this trip he swam the waters of the Bosporus, the narrow strait seperating European and Asiatic Turkey. Announcing his intentions to break the record of 18 minutes he dove into the water and began a strong Australian crawl while his friends rowed alongside. He quickly tired and switched to a side stroke. Soon the side stroke deteriorated into a dog paddle. By the time he reached the far shore he was exhausted. He looked up to his friend.
"Did I beat the record?"
"No, not quite."
"How much did I miss it by?"
No matter. He could always say he swam from one continent to the other.
His passports are all heavily stamped ( literally marking his days in the OSS from the late 40's to early 50's) but his last passport, issued in the summer of 1991, is only stamped twice. Both times at Heathrow Airport.