300th Post and A Sincere Thank You To Everyone

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I realized this morning that this is my 300th post on the blog. Never thought this blog would run for nearly three years and 300 posts but I’m overjoyed it has. At the rate I’m going, expect it to be around for another 300 posts at least. 😊

Since 300 is a nice round number I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who frequents Third World War 1987. You have helped to make this blog into something special for myself as the author, and hopefully for you the readers as well. I know it’s kind of hokey to say, but Third World War 1987 has become a significant part of my life without me realizing it for the longest time. It has provided a necessary creative outlet and helped me through some difficult times especially over the last six months.

In September, 2019 I was diagnosed with a grade III anaplastic astrocytoma. In short, a somewhat rare, aggressive brain tumor. Needless to say, my life imploded. As if this weren’t enough, I started pushing the people I cared about the most away by using some very cruel and selfish methods. Not fair to them, but I was reeling. As time has gone on, some have come back into my life and accepted my sincere apology. Others haven’t, and there’s not much I can do about it.

Anyway, enough about that. What I’m trying to say is I’m extremely grateful for the wonderful people I’ve met through the blog. I’m also deeply humbled by the amount of time so many folks seem to spend reading through the blog posts. Every so often I hear from a reader who has spent basically an entire weekend reading Third World War 1987 from cover to cover, so to speak. Things like that have helped get me through some very rough days.

From the bottom of my heart I would like to extend a sincere, and heartfelt thank you to all of the readers.

Ok, enough of that for real this time. 😊 Let’s get back to the twelfth day of WW III. Next post will be up early on Thursday.  The North Atlantic.

 

 

Mike

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30 Replies to “300th Post and A Sincere Thank You To Everyone”

  1. Keep at it Mike! I am one of those readers, I was on vacation with my wife in Palm Springs, somehow came across your blog and spent the next six hours at the pool reading straight. stayed up late reading it at night, on the car to the airport and then paid for wifi to read it all the way back to NYC…Absolutely amazing and hats off to you!

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    1. Oh Lord, your wife must’ve loved you after those six hours at the pool. Tell her I’m sorry. 🙂 But I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog so much.

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  2. Well Mike, I for one hope you keep going for another 300 posts since I’m really enjoying your blog. I discuss some of it with my father who was BAOR in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He does hope it would have gone as well as you think for NATO!

    But more importantly, best of luck with the illness mate. Hope you fully recover ASAP.

    Yours,

    Steve B

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    1. Thanks, Steve. I’m in the same boat as your father. Hope it would’ve went this well for NATO had it ever happened in real life. Luckily for us it didn’t.
      I’m getting there recovery-wise, it’s just taking forever.

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  3. Thank You! I look forward to every new post. This is my favorite Central Front / Cold War hot narrative. Bravo and thank you for all your time and effort.

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  4. Thanks Mike – really appreciate the time you take to expand this narrative. Hope your recovery continues to go well, and looking forward to the next 300!

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    1. Thanks, Luke. Just to let you know, I always appreciate the comments and questions you leave on posts. You’ve taught me a few things that way, just so you know 🙂

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  5. Great work, Mike! Congrats on 300 posts, too. I’m happy to see that blogging has had such a positive impact on your life. What’s funny is that for me what started as a way to chronicle battle reports and hobby tips has turned into a hobby in itself (blogging) and I’ve made many new friends along the way as a result of it. Sounds like you have, too and that’s outstanding. You must keep plugging away because there is an acute shortage of WW3 historians out there 🙂

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    1. Sounds like the blogging has taken us down similar paths. I should bill myself as a WW3 Historian, maybe put it in my resume. That would definitely turn some heads 🙂

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  6. Thank you for everything you’ve done, Mike. I hope you’re on the mend physically and with regard to relationships, and everything else that needs mending. This has been a heck of a good read so far and I can’t wait to see the outcome, whatever it may be.

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    1. Thanks so much, brother. I am on the mend, which is good. Its just taking longer than expected on both fronts. I’m impatient, what can I say. 🙂

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  7. Congrats on getting to 300 posts Mike. Loving what you have done so far.Talking of cover to cover… when is the book coming out?

    Keep fighting your illness too. Am sure all of us here will be supporting you every step.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Tell you what, as far as the book goes, maybe I’ll post a few sample chapters later this month. Its set up a bit different. Much more of a narrative rather than a combo narrative/non-fictionesque combination like the blog. But books and blogs are two different creatures, as you know 🙂

      Thank you. I appreciate yours and everyone’s support and it has helped tremendously.

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  8. I discovered this blog on a snowy weekend in Blacksburg, VA. There with my family for a swim meet. Roads were slippery and the kids were too tired from swimming to go out and explore the town. So we cocooned in the hotel with takeout food and our tablets. I binge-read up to that point, which was around D-day or D+1. I was hooked. Since then, this has been a constant source of enjoyment.

    I’m a gen-Xer who came of age during the Reagan years, and I grew up next to a major Army base for REFORGER. Everyone knew that, on a moment’s notice, our neighbors could be on a plane to Germany for World War III.

    Anyway, I think you’ve brought lots of thought-provoking entertainment to many people. I hope it’s been therapeutic. Warm wishes for for the next 300 posts, and for your continued recovery. This family is holding good thoughts for you.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking a few minutes and sharing 🙂 Blacksburg, VA is a gorgeous area and I’m sure that holds true in the winter months as well.
      I’m a Generation Xer myself but it was far more real for you living right next to a base like that during the Cold War. I’m sure Desert Shield was quite the experience too. 🙂
      Thanks for your kind words. 300 more posts at least. At the rate I’m going this blog is becoming like MASH. The tv show ended up lasting like four times longer than the Korean War did. Same thing here 🙂

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