Where and When
Name the city or town that travels with you wherever you go.
Yes, your birthplace.
I’m especially conscious of that fact since my birthplace seems to inspire comment whenever it is necessary to read it from my documents. Needles, California. Non-Californians usually do a double-take and ask if that is right? Californians sometime say “I’m sorry”, or “Nice place to be from”.
Located on the Colorado River, downstream from the present Laughlin, Nevada, It is only a few miles from that state and Arizona It sizzles in the summer. I recall someone trying to impress my father with that fact by frying an egg on a car fender. I was holding on to his pant leg and trying to see the show.
My teenage parents had hitchhiked to this interesting place in search of a job with the railroad. The Great Depression meant hard-times. I was born there in 1937, the year that a very popular president was inaugurated:
I thought it might be fun to present some faces of people also born in that year. You’ll recognize them all.
The Spanish Civil War was going full tilt, but the average American was not much interested. They had other things on their collective mind:
King Edward VIII told his subjects he could not rule without the “woman he loved” at his side, an American divorcee. The English people answered, “Okay, then you are not King” Here they are: the newly named Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson tying the knot. (Is that her bellybutton? Nahhh.)