This is my past historical page, where I will describe, show and
explain what I want the world to know about my background. But, ONLY what I
WANT you to know..... Some things are best left untold !!! Possibly I'll list a
calendar of events, more photos, quotes, or links to other web pages that
describe events or relate to the time in question. So please come back - I've
got some research to do !!!
So how far back would you like me to go? - - - - Well, it all
began on a cool October afternoon in 1951 - Concordia, Kansas. I remember it
well ! It was the 18th - somewhere around 3:30 pm. The Doctor was spanking my
tender little behind while exclaiming "Cookie, you've got a
beautiful baby boy!" - The perfect addition . . . That made two
girls and two boys. A well-rounded family by anyone's standards. Who could ask
Well, those few words would come back to
Mom and Dad for the next several years !
There's not a lot to tell you about my early years
growing up in Mankato, Ks. ( 1951 - 1954 ) - I vaguely remember the front porch
on our house (for some unknown reason) and visiting Dodaddy and
Mamo who lived down the street. Although we moved away in 1954, I have
numerous fond memories of that small town due to many, many return trips taken
to visit our grandparents and cousins still living there at that time. - -
Horse rides on the farm - Tree houses - Helping granddad drive the tractor -
Collecting tadpoles in the pond - Cherry Cokes at the corner Rexall - Saturday
matinees with Mamo - Freebees from Uncle Jerry's grocery store - I could go on
and on and on ! - I think every kid should have an opportunity to experience
life's little offerings that seem to only be available in a small town
life-style. - - - These are memories that will last forever !
Cambridge, Nebr. ( 1954 - 1959 ) - - First, the
little house. - Toy barrels under the stairway and John helping me climb out -
Ooops . . . Cut chin and stitches. - Mrs. Brown (?) who lived behind us, always
had root-beer or lemonade ready for little visitors - even when "certain little
visitors" picked the flowers from her front lawn ! - - - Then the
BIG house ( and I mean BIG! ). Five
levels - with the Indian museum and the coal chute in the basement - five large
bedrooms - and a "basketball-court" sized attic where we all played "dodge
ball". Dad kept a real firetruck in the garage that he took out on Sunday
afternoons and gave kiddy-rides around town. - The rock garden in the backyard
where my sister Cathy accidentally broke my nose while playing baseball ( it
was a line-drive! ). - The Schumaker family ( inventors of Kool-Aid ) who lived
across the street. - Driving to McCook to be tested for kindergarten and all
those crazy shapes that I had to identify. - - If all of this sounds a little
jumbled, it's because this is how I remember my early childhood. Not a care in
the world - just fun and games . . . and everything around me was
Beatrice, Nebr. ( 1959 - 1969 ) - - Third grade at
St. Joe's - Got my tongue "stuck" to the frigid jungle-gym bars while showing
off for the Woita twins. - Mom using me as a guinea-pig when she started giving
us haircuts ( Just call me "Butch" ) - Family feud with the Ament gang brought
to an end by the fearless "Tarzan Tom". - John's go-kart track, complete
with high-banked turns - A Shetland pony named Papucci - Pet skunks,
lizards, snakes, rabbits, pigeons, and many, many others! - John Glenn orbiting
the Earth, John Kennedy's assissination (7th grade), Watching the Beatles for
the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show, Neil Armstrong on the moon (7/20/69) -
Rockin' and Rollin' with Another Time - Sitting on the front porch in
the rain with Marlyss W. and Saturday night dances at the Civic with Karen D. (
probably why I've always had an affection for 'Red Heads' ) - First loves ...
Karen, Ruth, and Cheryl. - Getting the crap knocked out of me during Freshman
football - High School Graduation - My first beer - Off to College!!!
Lincoln, Nebr. ( 1969 - 1971 ) - - University of
Nebraska - Delta Tau Delta, Parties, Beer, Husker football, Johnny Rodgers, Bob
Devaney, Orange Bowls, National Championships, Parties, Beer, Long hair ( sorry
Dad ), Frat-Rats vs Dormies snowball fights, Racquetball with Jerry Tagge,
Cruisin' down Sorority Row in my
More Parties, More Beer . . . . Oh yeah!!! . . . And some classes.
Bellevue, Nebr. ( 1971 - 1975 ) - - Life on my own!
- Gas Light Lane Apts - Late night pool parties - My first full-time job - My
first New car, a 1972 Vega GT - My first marriage - My first ( and only
) child - Part-time work at Fox Photo - Britain Towne Apts. - The Blizzard of
'75 - The Tornado of '75 - Lots of responsibilities - Those times were a far
cry from the good ol' days in Cambridge!!!
Glenwood, Ia. ( 1975 - 1991 ) - - A Husker in the
Land of Hawkeyes and Cyclones - Life on Timberlane - Summer vacations to Lake
of the Ozarks - My Four Winns - Riding the ATV's with Chad - Ski trips to
Colorado with Ron and Lori - Homecoming parades around the Square - The
Glenwood Volunteer Fire Dept. - Fire Prevention Week - Haunted Houses - "Light
and Sirens I & II" - Christmas Eves at Jim and Betty's - Weekend softball
tournaments watching Kara pitch - Friday night Ram football games and Saturday
night Ramette basketball games - State Wrestling trips to Des Moines - Bass
fishing on Mike's pond. - - - - - Watching my son grow up !!!
LaVista, Nebr. ( 1991 - 2000 ) - - The next phase -
Middle-aged - A new-found interest in racing - The "Intimidator" comes to Omaha
- Sunset Speedway "The only place to be on Sunday Nights" - Express
Collectibles - Swap meets and Toy Shows on the weekends - Hooters in Overland
Park, Ks. with Bryan - My growing die-cast collection - A change of employment
- Chad's graduation from college and starting out on his own - I find myself
already thinking about retirement and it's still years away - Life is good -
There's so much to be grateful for!!!
Millard (Omaha), Nebr. ( 2000 - ???? ) - - Two
moves in two years - Not my idea of fun !! Lots of housework, Tons of yardwork
- All that comes with owning a new home . . . Multiplied times two !! -
Decorating, Re-Decorating, Landscaping, Garage Sales, Family Holiday
Gatherings, So much to do !! - - - - Peace and Quiet Serenity / Home Sweet
Well, there you have it . . . . Sort of sketchy,
but . . . . Try to cram Fifty years into one page and this is what you get. You
have to condense it just a little bit!!! - - It seems as though it was just
yesterday that I started school, raced go-karts with John, brought Chad home
from the hospital, and danced with Linda for the first time at Flashbacks. - -
Time can certainly fly by when you're having fun - - No need to look back ( But
it's kinda fun once in a while ).
"No Regrets, Coyote"
Tomorrow's a New Day . . . . I wonder
what's in store for me?