Babu And Alfred

Please indulge another draft from the vault! How do you feel about Hitchcock?  No, not her boss at the tax office: Saturday, January 25th, 1941 Mr. Hitchcock is going to drive us insane, I think. I mean Alfred.  The creator of such films as The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, and, of course, Psycho? Friday, October…

Those spins, though!

I couldn’t believe what I was writing two posts ago. Here I was, showing you this amazing letter where Jake describes how to do tricks in a airplane in minute detail and I’m talking about some lame, vague fortune telling. I’m just kidding, I am excited about it all and I feel no guilt! But…

Jake’s Base

This is one of a few research posts I’ve been working on. Everything I read about in Babu’s pages and Jake’s letters makes me want to know more. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to do more than a basic google search, but even that can drudge up some neat information. One of my rabbit…

Easter, 1941

Happy easter, to those of you who celebrate it.  Babu certainly did and the church, and the family dinners, were an important thing to her.   Whatever you believe, I wish you cheer on this day.  I hope you can at least “Zoom” or speak with people that you are not able to physically be…

John Adamczyk and the Westfield “San”

Babu is a great record keeper and it throws me for such a loop sometimes when she does not input enough data.  For example, normally she puts the full date on the back of her pictures as well as everyone’s names.  I have been transcribing 1940 and gathering up all the images for that year. …

Searching for Stanley: Part Two

A cemetery can haunt you. I visited two days ago and I cannot get that place out of my mind.  I’m processing…well, the meaning of life and death, I guess.  I certainly want to do more research and go back and spend some more time. As I alluded to in yesterday’s post, Stanley was not…

Searching for Stanley: Part One

Yesterday I went to the cemetery.  As I told you in yesterday’s post, The Rescued Photo did some research on a kid who died when Babu and he were in high school based on a post I wrote from her diary.  Some of the information she gave me was that Stanley was buried in St….

Retro Wednesday: The Great New England Airshow

A rumble, kind of a cracking rumble.  A kind of cracking, tearing, rumble.  And then it is out from behind the clouds, overhead, and then gone. Fighter planes and stunt men, and much, much more, put on quite a quite a show at Westover Airforce Base this weekend.  What could be better than standing on…

Retro Wednesday: The Springfield Airport

Leave our home and head to the top of Bonneville.  Take a left and go down Fairview which shifts onto Abbey Memorial.  Pass the cemetery and Szot Park and come to the lights.  Take a right then a quick left, unless you want some Papa John’s.  You are in what my husband and I and…

Retro Wednesday: Trolleys Part Two

Read part one here:  Retro Wednesday: Trolleys Part One There were the times she had to wait for the trolley (and faced repercussions,) Friday, January 22nd, 1937 We lost our game with the Juniors 30 to 28 but it was a pretty good game.  After school we had a practice then I bought a tan sport…

Retro Wednesday: Trolleys Part One

This is where something historical, the trolley system, meets something more.  Something intimate.  I read some research and I can tell you when the trolley system was put into place and when it was dismantled.  Who funded them, who approved and disapproved of them, I can tell you this history of these machines even in…

Help! Can you suggest song titles?

Hello everyone.  Some of you know this already, but Babu is turning 100 in March!  We, of course, are having a whopping party and I am going to make a video slide for the special event.  When I make videos like this I like to choose three songs and that’s where I need your help. …