Category Archives: 1960s

More is less

The basement of our ’50s ranch house in Elmhurst mirrored our upstairs like the Taj Mahal’s reflecting pool mirrors that place. It doubled our living area. This allowed space for a clothesline to use in inclement weather, a workshop Dad … Continue reading

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Weenie Hallows (archive)

In our holiday-happy suburb in the holiday happy 1960s, Mom stitched Trick-or-Treat costumes with the caveat that one outfit did the work for three of us: Eric the Elder, Michele the MustFit, and Mark the Shark. Not all at once, … Continue reading

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Sodality Strong

During the 1960s within Immaculate Conception high school in Elmhurst, the Sodality of Our Blessed Virgin Mary was having an image problem among girl students, which was the only gender allowed to join. Girls didn’t sign up voluntarily. The Sisters … Continue reading

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Birth daze

Some people I know react badly when surprise is bestowed upon them. This is because I am one such. My auntie engineered a surprise party for me on the occasion of my 16th birthday. Only someone of great courage would … Continue reading

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Floating

A football game and a dance in one day equals high school Homecoming. During the 1960s, each class at Immaculate Conception high school in Elmhurst, Il built a float for the parade to herald the game and the dance. Float-making … Continue reading

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Esther Williams

 The first inkling that my grasp of reality was less established than my fellow human beings happened while I was watching our 1961 console color TV on the floor of our Elmhurst living room, in Summer, with my parents, auntie … Continue reading

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Forrest

Forrest is the name of a boy about 29 inches tall, one of 14 like-sized children in the first day of the first swimming class I taught at East End pool in Elmhurst, Illinois in 1967. I remember Forest best … Continue reading

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Pretty Sitting

Two and only two babysitters ever sat for my two brothers and I on the extremely rare occasions Mom and Dad did something without us. Mom’s youngest brother Alan did it once when he was a single guy but we … Continue reading

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Baby sitting

Mom was the eldest of six children. They all flung themselves out of Chicago during the 1950s and landed in suburbs, into split level houses and ranch houses, where their combined 22 offspring sprung. I don’t know if Mom and … Continue reading

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Sister Julia

Fourth grade In Immaculate Conception grammar school was better than any other school year for all the wrong reasons. Our classroom was in the new wing of the 4-story brick building. It had windows on 2 sides, making it daytime … Continue reading

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