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Future Shock or Future Shape: Looking ahead by looking back

Looking ahead by looking back October 1973 was a busy month around the world. Israel, Jordan, Egypt were fighting the Yom Kippur War, Gerald Ford was nominated to replace the under indictment Spiro Agnew as Vice President, Maynard Jackson was elected as the first black mayor of Atlanta, OPEC raised the price of oil by … Continue reading Future Shock or Future Shape: Looking ahead by looking back

Soot, as a weapon? Recalling the Mediterranean Cold War in the Sixties

When the Cuban Missile Crisis blew up (bad choice of words?) in October 1962, the ROOSEVELT (CVA 42) had just left NS Mayport for its umpteenth Med deployment. The newly married JO’s (junior officers) would gather on the fan tail to watch the wake that pointed towards the brides they had left.  Misty eyes were … Continue reading Soot, as a weapon? Recalling the Mediterranean Cold War in the Sixties

Merry Mix-up and the Cherry Tree on Clark’s Hill

[Author’s Note:  Fresh cherries on sale at our neighborhood grocery brought back a memory of childhood  nicknames, a neighborhood cherry tree in Stamford, Connecticut, and my Norwegian grandmother, Marie Theresa Fladvad Cottrell.  A Black cherry tree, (prunus serotina) was the focus of intense childhood attention that summer day.  Little Merry Mix-Up] -Anonymous Poem- The Secret … Continue reading Merry Mix-up and the Cherry Tree on Clark’s Hill

Dear Dollar: A letter of regret from Sweet Sixteen

After a 40-hour workweek at Grand Union in June 1955, a first ever for me, I received a paycheck in the amount of $40, more money than I had ever before earned at one time. Babysitting gigs paid $.50 an hour and while playing with my little charges, I’d quickly tally up my days earnings … Continue reading Dear Dollar: A letter of regret from Sweet Sixteen