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Topic: Cold Front Passing Hokkai
Where has Max been for the past five years? He's had his nose to the grindstone chipping away at this Cold War novel with the odd title "Cold Front Passing Hokkaido". Here's how to pronounce it ... Ho(rhymes with show) - kai (rhymes with sky)-do (rhymes with doe, not shoe). What is a Hokkaido? It's an island - the northernmost of the Japanese home islands - Sapporo is the capitol city of Hokkaido where the 1972 winter olympics were held. It is said that on Hokkaido the skiing is magnificent. Who cares if there is a cold front passing Hokkaido? In 1955 the U.S.Airforce weather officers on the island of Okinawa cared enough to include such reports in their daily summaries and forecasts to the base commander who had the responsibility of ordering the 25 fighter-bombers loaded with hydrogen bombs to either remain lined up next to the runway, or take off and unload on the targets marked out along the Yellow River in northern China.
In somewhere around 100,000 words, the novel unfolds with a tale of friendship between Zeng Ming Gao and George Sawyer and their wives, Chang Fong-ying and Lindsay Mae Lewis Sawyer.
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