Ask and ye shall receive.
Marilyn died in 2002 of cancer.
I'm pleased to report that the reporter who wrote it knew Marilyn exactly the way I remembered her.
I was also reminded that I may have been wrong about the timing of when I interviewed her. So, I had cause to go digging around to find my scrapbook (which was buried in a box in the back of a storage closet where I had thrown it when I moved here two years ago).
Strangely enough, my recollection of the autumn air and the kids being out of school is absolutely correct, since it appears I interviewed her the day after Thanksgiving. It was unseasonably warm that year and it is possible that time and distance had muddled it in my mind. VJ Day was important to her, and she did talk quite a lot about VJ Day in the interview I had with her, although that part did not get into the articles I wrote.
The articles I wrote at that time are not online (sadly enough) and I have no ability to put them online.
I will correct the original post (truth is important), and link to this post so the correction can be explained.
Also, there were some typos and I wrote that three planes on 9-11 flew out of Logan when there were only two. The other flights were out of Newark and Dulles.
I want to thank everyone who emailed me privately with their corrections.
I apologize for any inconvenience.