Navy Days

Signing Up I was approaching high school graduation in 1957 with the military draft still in effect, a left-over from the Korean War. I had done well in high school, and had been accepted by two universities, but had no firm idea what I wanted to do with myself for a career. In my class… Continue reading Navy Days


I had been in New England for a few weeks on vacation, ending my visit with a few days in Old Saybrook with my daughter and her family.  I got up early the morning of September 11, 2001, fired up my little red VW Beetle, and headed south in the dark at about 4 AM.… Continue reading 911

The Handshake

In the first weeks of my final year of college at the University of Maine in Orono, word came that our campus was going to host a visit by the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. He would be coming to give an address and to be awarded an honorary degree. At the… Continue reading The Handshake