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Shoot Between the Eyes

[Dawn]: You said “alligator hunting”? Lots of it? Successfully, obviously?

[Bruce]: Yeah. We would get the smallest. No wrestling. I actually did taste them . . . [can’t hear] . . . oral cavity was smaller.

[Dawn]: Oh, that’s right. You had a stuffed one that you brought home, right, Dad?

[Steve]: He was a pet [joking, I think].

[Marcia]: Yeah. He did.

[Marcia]: But you would go out at night?

[?]: Yeah, we did.

[Marcia]: And shine the flashlight out and see the eyes.

[Dawn]: And then what would you do?

[Eric]: Shoot between the eyes!

[can’t hear; joking through the following]

[Dawn]: Put your hand in?

[?]: Jump in?

[Bruce]: You have to save yourself.

[Marcia]: Oh you reached in with your hand to get it?

[Steve]: I only did it once.

[Eric]: I’ll tell another story or two. Anything else about Peru, right off the top of your head?

Well, I’m second [child]. One of the things I remember the most about Peru, one of the favorite trips, was a trip around the southern part of Peru on motorcycle. Bruce had a Triumph 500 at the time and he and my dad went on that motorcycle. A friend of ours went with his dad on another large motorcycle. I went with a Peruvian on a BMW 500 or 650. It had . . . so we got to see all the Inca sites along the way. We have a whole carousel of slides, but that’s too boring to show all of you. It was really quite a trip. I think I was 16 at the time, or 15, and you were 16 or something like that.

[Bruce]: While we’re talking about motorcycles, I want Uncle Steve to talk about his Heinkel, his Heinkel experience.

[Steve]: My what? Oh. Ha-ha.

[Eric]: I refrained from bringing that one up last night.

[Bruce]: A Heinkel is like a scooter. It’s like a Lambretta scooter. That’s what a lot of people had down there. Uncle Steve liked those scooters. He got around quite a bit on that one.

We used to carry our dog on the floorboard of that. He stuck his head out one time and went tumbling.

[Dawn]: Awwww.

[Bruce]: From that point on, that dog would not leave the side of that scooter. He was guarding that scooter because—at first we couldn’t get him on there at all. Then once he went for a ride and was able to survive the tumble down the road, then he wouldn’t leave the side of that. He would guard that scooter.

[Kathy?]: Good old Snippy.

[Eric]: Yup. Snippy.

[Gail?]: Snippy.

story told by Bruce and Eric (Lee’s sons) to the family reunion gathering on January 11, 2014; transcribed by Dawn Duncan Harrell (Steve’s daughter)

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  • What kind of dog was Snippy? How’d Snippy get that name?
  • How’d you come to get the dog? Was he a guard dog or just a pet? Was it common for people in Yarinacocha to have pets?
  • Approximately what length were the alligators in this story?
  • What was the bit I couldn’t hear with reaching down or into the alligator mouth?
  • Did the alligators come up onto the compound regularly or were you going out to find them?
  • Bruce said he tasted alligator. Did you eat them when you killed them?
  • What did you shoot them with? 


Marcia Did Not Teach Burlesque in Italy

Cristoforo Colombo took Marcia, Steve, and Dawn to Italy, 1970.

Cristoforo Colombo took Marcia, Steve, and Dawn to Italy, 1970.

We did go to Italy.

I didn’t learn Italian ahead of time.

In fact we went separately. Steve flew there. He flew ahead to find a place for us to live and some work for me to do because I was going to be “putting hubby through,” so to speak. I had a trunk full of our household goods and at that time it was cheaper to go across on an ocean liner and take your trunk than it was to fly. So he flew and I came later.

I learned a little Italian on the ship. I was on the Italian lines. I met up with him in Italy there and then I took some Italian lessons when I was there. Basically we learned Italian from just living in the culture.

I remember. . . .

[Heidi]: The ship came into Venice.


[Steve]: No, that was the second ship.

No, that was the second time we went back. The first time it came into . . . um.

[Steve]: No, uh, the other side of the peninsula.

[Heidi]: Florence?

[Steve]: Florence, no, um.

[Heidi]: I mean, um, Genoa.

[Steve]: Genoa.

Genoa! We came into Genoa.

[Heidi]: And then you trained across.

[Steve]: Yeah.

[Heidi]: To Padova.

Yeah. We did a lot of train travel in Padova.

[Eric]: While he was in medical school, you were working?

So then he found me a job in a Berlitz school, teaching English. So I taught English in a Berlitz school.

[Bruce]: Burlesque?

[Steve]: Burlesque?



[Heidi]: Mom did burlesque to bring in the money.

And I learned a lot of, you know, I learned a lot of Italian teaching English, just because of the way the Italians would speak English. It helped me to learn how things were said.

[Heidi]: Twenty-six years later, I moved to Italy and lived in Venice and taught English in a Berlitz school and learned some of my Italian.

[Virginia]: Are you serious? Oh, Heidi, that’s awesome.

So after three years in Italy, he took an externship at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton. Came back for a period of six months. I came ahead. I was six months pregnant with Dawn. I came ahead and Dawn was born in the States at that hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s. He was not—were you here for the birth? You were back by the birth time. OK.

Then we went back to Italy and the second time we went back together in a ship. That’s when we went to Venice. On our way there, we stopped in various ports. So we were in Malaga, Spain. We stopped and visited Pompeii and we were in Naples and visited Pompeii.

[Steve]: We stopped in Sicily.

We did. We stopped in Sicily. And then we went up the Adriatic and stopped in Greece.

[Steve]: In Greece. We went to Greece.

We stopped at Piraeus. And then we took a day trip to Athens. And then we went over to Venice.

That gave us a chance to see a lot of places in Europe and when Dawn was baby, we traveled—when we had vacation times, we had a little VW Bug and traveled to various places, to visit places in Italy.

[Heidi]: You went to see Aunt Betty and Uncle Harley.

And we went to Austria also because we had met a couple on a ship—he was Austrian and she was American. They invited us to go to Austria to visit them at Christmastime, so we did a few things like that.

[Kimberly?]: Aunt Betty and Uncle Harley.

[Steve]: That was up in Switzerland. We had gone also, among other things, we saw where The Sound of Music was designed in Salzburg.

[Victoria]: Yeah. In Austria.

They lived in Salzburg, so they took us around to all the sites in Salzburg.

We traveled to Switzerland several times and met up with Aunt Betty and Uncle Harley there and Sandy and Debby. They would get apartments for missionaries in various places in Switzerland where we would have vacation time. So we would drive through the fog out of Italy, because it was usually very foggy at Christmastime.

Then I can remember one time when we were driving up in the mountains in Switzerland. Steve was not feeling good. Did you ask me to drive? And I was like. . . .

[Dawn]: Dad was in the back seat.

Dad, he would look out the window and see that it was a drop-off like this and he just closed his eyes and hoped we didn’t drop off.

Anyway, so we had a lot of good memories from those years. We were there for six years. Came home in 1974.

story told by Marcia (Steve’s wife) to the family reunion gathering on January 10, 2014 with additions from Steve and Heidi (Steve’s daughter) and interjections from Virginia Gorman, Bruce Kindberg, and Eric Kindberg (Lee’s children), Dawn Harrell and Kimberly Duncan (Steve’s daughters), and Victoria (TJ Ramey, Kathryn’s son’s wife), transcribed by Dawn Duncan Harrell (Steve’s daughter)

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  • Any other Smith and Steve Duncan family stories from those Christmastimes spent together that you’d like to tell?
  • Would someone please tell the flaming fondue table story?
  • Can someone relay the peanut butter story? Didn’t Harley and Betty come to Italy for that story? What was the context?
  • How about going to France to help build the camp one summer story?
  • Sandy? Debby? What do you remember of those intersecting times?
  • Why would Betty have stayed behind in France at Steve’s graduation? Children? Other duties? Finances?
  • Any other stories from the ocean liners? How about the diapers-in-the-hold story from the second crossing?

Boys Tour, Parents Travel, Teletype Punches

First House, across from the Auditorium, photo courtesy of Kathy Courtright, May 20, 2013For you the Fall and Winter seasons are beginning, and for us the rains are becoming more frequent and the rainy season will soon be here. Thank you for praying for us over these past months. The Lord gave protection and a time of interesting vacation to Will, Bruce and Eric on their sightseeing around Peru by motorcycle. Shortly after their return, Will left on his trips to help some of the other missionaries with their translations and was gone over five weeks. Bruce left to accompany Rob Creese in his travels in Campaland, visiting the Ashaninca-Campa schools.  Bruce really enjoyed himself and learned a lot especially when he was alone for the week that Rob returned to the Base, due to his wife’s illness. 

Translators' Offices, Yarinacocha, Peru, photo courtesy of Kathy Courtright, May 20, 2013Imilio and Lee worked together on the dictionary while Will was gone, but as soon as Will returned at the end of August, they worked full-time on the translation of Hebrews. The first draft of Matthew was completed before Will left for the summer. How we do praise the Lord for wisdom and strength and good health that He’s given because of your and our prayers. Hebrews is now completed and both Matthew and Hebrews have been checked by the translation committee and are approved for printing.

First House, behind, Yarinacocha, Peru, photo courtesy of Kathy Courtright, May 20, 2013Will and Lee are going to be able to go out with Imilio and his family to his village of Quempiri to finish the translation of Revelation, to renew acquaintances out there, and to be with the Campas for a while. We trust that the Lord will enable us to complete the goals that we’ve set before ourselves. Pray! While we are there some of the Indians we have been helping to teach here will be conducting a local Bible Institute for the people of this area. This will be an historic first for the tribe. A meeting of church leaders is also planned.

The children will remain here at the Base, living in the Children’s Home, and going to school. Continue to pray for them at this time of separation. Most of them are quite excited about living in the dorm, but two of them would rather we didn’t leave.

The special teletype typewriters have arrived at our print shop and some of the Campa translation has been typed out on them. Tapes punched on those machines are sent to a computer in Mexico, which will print out the material in format. Because corrections, additions and subtractions can just be made on their original copy, hours and days of time will be saved in revisions of the manuscripts of the New Testament. Praise the Lord with us.

Casilla 2492
Lima, Peru

form letter from Will (Lee’s first husband) and Lee, October 1970, courtesy of Virginia Gorman (Lee’s daughter)

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  • I’m presuming the “Base” is Yarinacocha in Pucallpa, but what do I know! Can someone confirm that I’ve got all these names/locations right? Thanks.
  • Bruce, Eric, where did you go in Peru with your dad on a motorcycle? Can you tell the story of that trip?
  • Bruce, can you tell the story of being left alone for a week while Rob Creese returned to base? What did you “learn”? What did you experience?
  • What is Campaland? Does it describe a region? A people-group? What is Ashaninca-Campa in relation to the larger description “Campa”?
  • Which of the kids didn’t want mom and dad to leave? Which wanted to stay? Can you all say why? Can you tell what it was like to live in the dorm? How many other kids were there? How old/what grades were you in? How often did this happen?
  • Can someone talk about Imilio and his family? How long was he a translation helper? Did he become a friend of the family?
  • I’ve used photos of the first house here. That may not be correct. When did Kindbergs move from the first to the second house?

Bruce and Will Return

Kindberg Pulcapa, Peru House, n.d., courtesy of Virginia GormanThis has been a happy week for our family. Will [Lee’s first husband] returned Monday after 5 weeks and 2 days absence. He had gotten a lot accomplished in his time away and we’re glad for his abilities, but we’re sure glad to have him home. Bob [?] Snyder and son Dave (who was here summer ’66) came out Monday, too, for a 3-day visit. They’re formerly from Brookdale.

Bruce arrived home Thursday after 5 weeks being away traveling in the tribal area. He really enjoyed his time.

excerpt of a personal letter from Lee to her husband’s sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Dale, August 30, 1970, courtesy of Virginia Gorman (Lee’s daughter)

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  • Aunt Lee doesn’t say; where do you suppose Will had been for five weeks?
  • What, do you suppose, he got accomplished?
  • Where were Will and Lee living that Will returned to?
  • Bruce was away for about the same amount of time, too? Was he with his father? With someone else? On his own? What was the occasion for his travel? What was his purpose?
  • How old was Bruce in 1970?
  • What are Shirley and Dave’s last name?
  • Who were the Snyders?