Adolesence

Adolesence
Graham recalls growing up in Adelaide in the 1950's.
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ALBERT BIERSTADT: On A Grand Scale

  ALBERT BIERSTADT : On A Grand Scale So, you say you never heard of Albert Bierstadt, eh?  That's what you think.  You probably know his work, though you may not think of him right away.  His story is unusual.  No starving pauper, this artist; no tragic life to season his...
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Tribute from a son

Tribute from a son
In 1980 I interviewed my dad, Donald Stuart Grant, and asked him about his mother, Ethel Frances Gilchrest Grant. This is what he said: "My mother was a very easy-going person, always finding the good side of people. I never heard her say anything bad about anybody. She would say, "if...
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ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT TOOL...

         When I was a boy growing up in Somerton, Arizona, I fancied myself to be vastly more skilled in the art of athletic competition than I was, and I suffered significantly for my foolishness.      For example, I played football as a boy, and couldn't make...
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Wanted: Hero. No Experience Necessary...

  WANTED: Hero.  No Experience Necessary ...      Have you ever noticed how the only rotten kids always live down the street?  I mean, YOU're kid… MY kid… they are learning, having problems, working them out.  It is all part of growing up, gaining maturity.  But the kid down the street…...
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On Soaring With Eagles...

On Soaring With Eagles...
                                              On Soaring with the Eagles …      Okay, the dang kid was… Well, he was sort of a jerk, actually.  For years.  And he was always very...
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FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME - DURING DINNERTIME

Some of my earliest memories, throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s, are of sitting around the dinner table with my mom, dad, and sister. Dinner was at 5 o’clock prompt. Mom cooked every night. It was just something we did. Didn’t everyone? When I began working in NYC and not getting off...
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You'll Never Know Who He'll Be...

  You Never Know Who He'll be Tomorrow …       I have a few talents I brag about… but there have been moments when I have seen, recognized and accurately understood the potential of people or events… even before the wise and savvy remainder of the community.    ...
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Dad's Louisville Slugger Philosophy of Life

Fur                            The Louisville Slugger Philosophy on Life…         One day in… I don’t remember when… my oldest daughter, then age 15 years, 11 months and 28 days, came to me with a legal size yellow pad, a pencil...
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Fur

  FUR           My wife and I had wanted a little piece of farm land for years, and we ended up buying a 14 acre piece which was crowned with the biggest mistake of our marriage: a small, used double-wide mobile home.           Now, don't take offense, ye salespersons of "manufactured...
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Joseph Hyrum Thiessens (1924-1938) Part 1

Joseph Hyrum Thiessens (1924-1938) Part 1
(As told to Golden Virgil Adams Jr. by Mrs. H. Thiessens & Ruth T. Adams about 1962) It was a nice clear winter day in January.  The snow that was lying on the ground glistened as if it were manna from heaven.  This was the day a blessing from heaven was...
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Big News Stories 1940's to 1960's

Big News Stories 1940's to 1960's
Jill shares the memorable things of her childhood and as a young adult.  She remembers the Annual John Martins Xmas Pagaent, the Royal Adelaide Show and the first Adelaide Festival of Arts.
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KNIT ONE PURL TWO...ARGGGGGHHHH!

I am an expert crocheter, thanks to my grandma’s teaching, yet an equally-inept knitter and seamstress, despite my grandma’s teaching.  From a very young age, my grandma was a gifted seamstress, knitter, and crocheter.  (Her dad had been a tailor.  She figured she must have “inherited” her talent from him.)  When...
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My 21st birthday celebrations

My 21st birthday celebrations
Joyce describes her 21st birthday celebrations and tells us what it was like to be 21 years of age in 1958.
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How I met my future husband

How I met my future husband
Joyce joined the Citizens Military Force, Royal Australian Nursing Corp in 1958 and there she met her future husband, Ted.  But what about the special date when he arrived smelling strongly of beer!!  And he was a teetotaller!  
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My first crush on a girl, the War and my future wife

My first crush on a girl, the War and my future wife
Bill has his first crush on a girl at the local swimming club at age 16.  However, his love of sailing took precedence over the next few years and then at 22 he went to serve in World War II.  Bill felt very lost when he returned from the war at...
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My first romance

My first romance
Joyce talks about her early teenage years, her first romance with a boy named Ray and the social normas of the 1950's.   
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Ruth's remembers her first love and first date

Ruth tells us an interesting story of her mother's advice on the best place to meet a nice christian boy.  She then goes on to give us a somewhat amusing account of her first date and her first love.    
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My 1st kiss, my 2nd kiss and my first love

Margaret shares the story of her first kiss which made her angry.  It was her 2nd kiss that led to her first love which resulted in marriage and 60 years of happiness.
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Socialising as a teenager

Socialising as a teenager
Joyce tells us how she went to dances and balls as a young teenager in the early 1950's, and socialised with sailors who were on shore leave.  She corresponded with Peter from Surrey for 5 years after meeting him at a dance.  She also went on holidays to Perth where she...
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