William Holden's safari lodge

Ellen Jaronczyk of Williamsburg shared with me a series of exquisite wildlife photos shot by her brother-in-law, Dr. Joe Sack, a retired psychiatrist. He, and his wife, Diana, have just returned from a photo safari in Africa, where they have stayed at a famous safari lodge.

Jaronczyk asked me whether I had ever been on safari in Africa. "No," I replied, "but once, in the past, I hoped to be a guest at William Holden's Safari Lodge at the Mt. Kenya Safari Club."

She wanted to know the details. And it is strange story.

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