In fall of 1988, I went to visit my grandmother in Lakeland, Florida. She was born not just before answering machines but also before the technology of automatic switchboards was widespread.
What happens when some Chicago kids confront a novel technology? The answering machine was invented in the 1940s. The classic 1970s TV show Rockford Files began each episode with a message left on Rockford’s machine. But it was still uncommon in 1980s homes.
Emile was my college dorm neighbor and a decent musician. He also inspired a song by Chris Pearson.
Many folks still look back to The Great Gatsby idea of New York in the summer, everyone wants a Long Island escape, but there is no place I would rather be than sweating with the masses in the Big Apple. Continue reading NYC Summer 2019
My pet rat Albert died in fall of 1988. He was buried in an empty lot behind Bret Harte Elementary School.