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My dad visited during jump school week. When he told me he was planning to visit me I knew that would be the perfect week for him. I started planning right away because I knew exactly what I wanted … more

Halloween is a bit different for us this year. I always knew our family costume themes would have to end eventually, but it is still a little sad to think about. I usually start planning the next … more

One last drive

In 1960, when I was 14 years old, my dad made a major change in his career. He had, for many years, been primarily a farmer and secondarily an insurance man, but made the decision to retire from … more

Tall tales of the trunk

This trifle is written in response to a letter from my brother Stan regarding a trunk refinished by him and his son Jeffrey for Jeffrey to take to college in Virginia.. Stan acquired the trunk from … more

A Moving Story

Ben Franklin said that there are only two things in life that are certain, death and taxes. However, my experience has shown that there are several other things which are virtually certain. It is my … more

The Meat Grinder

I have received great pleasure from reading accounts of the experiences of growing up in Frederick, Oklahoma (authored by James Redeker & Danny Griffin), and have decided to try my hand at … more

Another story from Ireland

My dad’s Ireland trip is on we’re including in his memoirs. He couldn’t wait to tell me all about his trip when he got home.What a wonderful time I had in Ireland.Well, mostly.I … more

Flying lessons

My dad was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy. He met a man who trained pilots when he was stationed at Dallas and they became great friends. This man took my dad up for flying lessons and to this day, … more

In the Middle

I have been an attorney licensed in the State of Oklahoma for almost forty years, twenty two of which have been as a district court judge. As I have matured in my career, I have found that the skills … more

Some moments are worth cherishing; others not so much

Being a parent is hard. It’s a job filled with ups and downs and twists and turns, like a wild roller coaster ride. Sometimes you end up upside down hanging on for dear life, just praying you … more

What kind of judge?

As a trial judge of many years, I have a great many memories of interesting things which have happened in court proceedings. Many of my close relatives have a favorite among the many stories I have … more

The steer dilemma

When I was a senior in high school in Frederick, Oklahoma, my dad and brother purchased 100 head of Louisiana steers, and put them on our family farm northeast of town. The farm had been leased out … more

The lightning strike

While I was stationed at Naval Air Force (NAF) Detroit, I was assigned to the Reserve Aircraft Intermediary Maintenance Department (RAIMD) where I was the Assistant Work Center Supervisor of the … more

A lifetime of automobiles

After putting up with grabby brakes and no class for about a year, we decided to buy a new car. After all, Kay had graduated from college and landed her first job as a school teacher with a contract … more

The life of Riley

When I didn’t have to work on the weekend, my friend Lizard and I would go to Pinetamare to go horseback riding. We’d been going there long enough that we no longer had to give the stable … more

A lifetime of automobiles

This car had been owned by Mrs. Boaz, a lady in Frederick who had only driven it a few miles and had taken immaculate care of it. She had traded it for a 1955 model and my dad snapped up the … more

A lifetime of automobiles

I grew up as the third of four boys in a very mechanical family during the post-World War II era, surrounded by things mechanical, from tractors and farm machinery, to trucks and automobiles. I … more

Calabrese trucks rule the roads in Naples

When I was stationed in Italy one of the great annoyances was the big Calabrese trucks. They took up entire roads and the drivers didn’t care who else was around. The Calabrese is like a dump … more

A friend from home

I spent much of my time at Millington unbearably homesick. I don’t think I realized that I wouldn’t be going home. Boot camp seemed like summer camp to me. It was exciting to be away from … more

Potatoes, graduation and more potatoes

My second week of Boot Camp was going along swimmingly. I’m having the time of my life. It’s like going to summer camp. We’re getting settled in and it’s time to be assigned … more
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