After our wedding on 6/22/47, we were still attending school. Me, at University of Illinois, Navy Pier and Mom, at the Art Institute. One day, I was looking at the bulletin board outside of the main office. There was a card listing a job for a couple at a boys camp in Wisconsin. The job included room and board, plus $10/day. The job listed Horse back Riding, Tennis, Sailing, Swimming, etc.Read More
I was looking through my books and I spotted a book by Max Shulman that was a take-off of Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Toll".
I came home from work and went into the basement to take a shower and your uncle bobby was working at the tool bench taking apart firecrackers and putting the power into a cardboard tube. About 30" long and 1 1/2 inches in diameter.Read More
This is the story of me playing the Trombone and joining the Marine Corps.
It started on a September morning in 1940. The summer vacation had just ended and school was about to begin.
Lo and Behold, Ms. Larsen, (the band director), came to our Bowen High School Branch to tell us about the Band and the instruments we could play.
I remember one time when Uncle Wally, Tommy and I went to a high smoke stack on 95th street. We thought we could climb it on the inside about 110 ft. high… but the rungs were too loose and kept pulling out (because the inside was so old).
BUT!! while we were standing at the base we heard a loud engine. What we saw was breathtaking.Read More
When I was building with 3 Bs in 1955 & 56, we would go golfing on Wednesdays at different golf courses. We got to be friends with the bartender at the Hickory Hills Golf course and He taught Us how to make Tom Collins'. I loved them.Read More
I was about 12 or 13. At Grandmother Patton's. Uncle Tommy, Jerry Nollie and I decided to go looking for a job. (it was summer). So we took Jerry's Fathers boat. (Jerry's Father was a coach for the Chicago Bears).
The three of us started down the Rock River.Read More
I got a call from Bill Conrad, (a representative of one of Chicago's alderman, (don't remember who). He wanted Me to build a fireplace in one of Chicago's Alderman's girlfriends apartment.Read More
In 1945, my class and I went to the Coliseum in Chicago to see Glen Miller and His band. On stage was also Orson Wells, and His wife Rita Hayworth. Orson Wells asked if anyone had a white silk handkerchief. As it happened I had a beautiful silk handkerchief that I gotten from a friend of Uncle Wally.Read More
During My summer vacation from school in 1945, (during the height of World War 2, ), Joe Cyborski,(Ray's brother), and I joined the Merchant Marines and sailed on the John S. Mc Lean ,(an ore boat). We went through the Sault Marie locks twice.Read More