April A-Z: Krol

As I have written about before, Babu has had a friend that always interested me.  She wasn’t part of the “main core” of friends but she was important. Please read this post about Johnny Krol before continuing! Who is Johnny Krol?   Wednesday, April 26th, 1939 Because I didn’t say hello to Johnny last night,…

April A-Z: Franklin D.

Wednesday, October 30th, 1940 The president of the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Springfield today and we all saw him.  We were hanging out of our office windows as he went by and he looked up at us, smiled and waved.  It was a thrill and I waved and shouted with the rest.  Jake and…

April A-Z: Contact

It has finally happened and it has warmed my heart.  The world is not so large as I once thought.  I knew eventually someone would contact me through the blog about someone they knew or about a family member they heard about but never got to meet. Out there, even beyond the blogosphere, there is…

April A-Z: The Blow Up, September, 1940

I would bet some of you will be able to relate.  I currently have 19 posts in various forms of no where near publish-ready hanging out at the top of my screen.  What a great mine for posts when looking for gold during the April A-Z Challenge.  This is a post I began a while…

A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal!

Hello everyone.  I have not been around these parts much lately.  As I have been working on drafts of posts and going back through all stuff Babu and this blog, I have been feeling myself unwind and feel lighter.  I need to get back to writing and here is my push! The April A-Z Challenge. …

Throw Back Thursday: Jakey

Since the start, I was looking for one name in all of these pages, and from the start, it would appear from time to time.  Like when the very story Babu would tell me about her first time meeting him appeared, exactly how she told it to me, in the pages of her diary: Some…

Andy Jablonski, Give It Up!

Monday, September 30th, 1940 After supper I took a bath and got dressed for choir.  We gave a party for Mary Cyron who is to be married soon and what a time we had!  Had fun with most all the boys but Andy Jablonski kept pretty close to me all evening calling me darling and…

September, 1940: Edmund, Fila, and Gladys

Last Saturday I wrote a post which started us all getting to know some of the “characters” I don’t talk, or know, as much about. September, 1940:  Nat and Stretch Two other names that often pop up are Edmund and Fila.  These two guys bang around with Jakey and seem to be almost everywhere Jake…

September, 1940: Nat and Stretch

It occurs to me that there are some characters in these pages I know better than others.  Zosh, Jake, and Ernie are the mainstays that I’ve read plenty about and heard plenty of stories about in “modern times.”  Well, Nat was also an important third to the Zosh and Emily, (that’s Babu!), show.  It’s a…

Retro Wednesday: Cocktails

If Babu goes somewhere and has a drink, we read about it in her expert record taking: We had a drink and went to Stretch’s, drank there, went to Eddie’s, drank and ate supper there, came to Jake’s had two or 3 drinks, then to Nat’s and last of all Zosh’s. If only she ever…

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. …