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New Books by Chi Omega Authors: Conversations With My Grandfather
Writing under her maiden name, Wink Dameron has authored
a memoir of her fascinating and prominent family.
The book, “Conversations With My Grandfather,” should be
of interest to historians, especially Civil War buffs.
Relating tales told to her by her grandfather, Judge L.B. Claiborne
of New Roads, Louisiana, the author presents the real
and vivid details of the experiences of this Civil War veteran
in his exact words as dictated to Wink while she and her
parents lived in his home during the Great Depression. At
the time, the judge was 89 years old and Wink only 9.
The stories cover the time Judge Claiborne spent as a Georgetown Military Academy
cadet in Washington, D.C., the four years during which he served as an infantryman
in the Civil War, and the following decades when he was a legislator, district judge,
educator, and newspaper owner. Through his father’s friendship with two presidents of
the United States and other prominent national personalities, the judge enjoyed many
unique experiences involving fascinating public figures.
So heartwarming and personal is this book, that readers may visualize themselves sitting
quietly by Wink’s side, listening to her grandfather, belonging to her family. As
one reviewer wrote, “Wouldn’t we all want the opportunity to sit with such an elegant
grandparent to hear firsthand stories of such an event-packed life?”
“These stories,” says Wink, “reflect the strength of character that has become a hallmark
in the lives of my grandfather’s descendants. We have all benefited from his example.”
The author carried around her manuscript for years but was determined to complete
the book in 2011, during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. She has added her
own comments and included more than 50 photographs to supplement the text. The
book also features a thumbnail genealogy of the Claiborne family, beginning with the
English Claiborne ancestors, recorded as early as A.D. 1216.
Wink spent her early childhood in Louisiana. She matriculated at Louisiana State U,
where she was president of Phi Gamma Chapter. After graduation, she settled into an
apartment appropriately called the “Owl’s Nest” in New Orleans’s French Quarter, and
later moved to California, where she worked for a motion picture producer. Today, she
has a public relations firm called Wink, Inc. and she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with
her husband, Richard Sutz.