It is clear now but may have been less visible in 1955 that Plato is gay and has a crush on Jim; at the planetarium, he touches his shoulder caressingly…Jim gives Plato a lift home and Plato asks him, “Hey, you want to come home with me? I mean, there’s nobody home at my house, and heck, I’m not tired. Are you?” But Jim glances in the direction of Judy’s house, and then so does Plato, ruefully.
July 8, 1918: Ernest Hemingway is Wounded in WWI
On this day in 1918, 18-year-old Ernest Hemingway was severely wounded while serving as a Red Cross ambulance driver on the Italian front during WWI. Despite his own injury, he was able to save a nearby companion, an act for which he received the Italian Medal of Honor.
Hemingway recovered in Milan over the next several months before returning to the United States. He later incorporated his war experiences into his critically acclaimed 1929 novel, A Farewell to Arms.
Photo: Ernest Hemingway recuperates from wounds at ARC Hospital, Milan, Italy, September 1918. (Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston).