The Year of 1932 (I was 5 years old)
What was happening in the world:
- Germany becomes more aggressive in Europe and rejects all concessions made at the end of WW I.
- Japan begins its expansions in the Pacific by invading China.
- Ireland rejects all ties with Britain and demands its independence.
- Gandhi is imprisoned in India and begins one of his many hunger strikes.
What was happening in the USA:
- Franklin Roosevelt defeats Hoover to become president.
- The Nation is shocked by the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
- WW I veterans march on Washington, DC demanding war bonuses.
- The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated in the Nation’s capital.
- The first Buck Rogers radio program is broadcast.
What was happening in sports:
- In the Rose Bowl, it was USC 21 – Tulane 12.
- In the World Series, the Yankees swept Chicago in 4 straight games.
- Jack Sharkey beats the German Max Schmeling to bring the heavyweight title back to the USA.
What was happening at the movies:
- Best movie was Cavalcade.
- Best actor was Charles Laughton in Henry VIII.
- Best actress was Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory. Other major movies were Scarface (Paul Muni) and Farewell to Arms (Gary Cooper).
- Johnny Weismueller appears in his first Tarzan movie.
Memorable songs were:
- You are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine
- I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair
- The Classical Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofe)
What was happening in my life:
- As a consequence of the Depression, Dad’s Post Office pay was slashed and he lost the place on Laguna as a result. We moved to a rental at 1625 Hopkins Avenue. We lived in rentals for the next 6 years until Dad was able to buy again at 2253 East 19th Street. We only stayed at the Hopkins place for about a year and the only thing I remember about it was the trouble we had getting into and out of the small garage. Hopkins Avenue. had very heavy traffic when we lived there, but now it has even heavier traffic and is called MacArthur Blvd.
- I also remember Ma taking me to Dr. Fisher’s office in the Dimond District when I was 5. I had pinkeye and Dr. Fisher gave all the kids a roll of Lifesavers from his desk.
- During the summer of 1932, I went on the first big trip of my life at the tender age of 5. Ma, Grandma, Richard, and I took an overnight train ride from Oakland to Klamath Falls, Oregon to visit the Clanton Family. They were relatives on Grandma’s side of the family. One of the daughters was married to an Indian.
- The two most exciting things about the trip for me were: falling asleep to the clickety-clack sound of the wheels on the train, and our overnight camping trip to Crater Lake – a real thrill for a 5 year old. Unfortunately, the trip was almost ruined by that stupid kid Richard (my younger brother). We had fished illegally for Trout in the lake and we had a nice batch of fish ready for cooking when the Game Warden showed-up. We tried to hide the fish, but that little jerk grabbed one of them and ran of with it – he wanted to take it home with him.
- A super-event of the year was our first trip to Long Beach. This included a visit to Tijuana and Aqua Caliente. We drove over the old San Louie Grade and stayed at Venetian Square. Dot, at age 11, almost went into hysterics at the Harry-the-Ape-Man concession on the Pike when he jumped at her and Pat, at age 15, got her first look at San Diego. She would eventually move from Oakland and spend the rest of her life living there.
- Other memories of our almost annual trips to Long Beach - We would leave Oakland at midnight to avoid the heat on the drive down. I remember one late night when Dad hit the big dog somewhere along Hwy 101. Also, the old grey-haired gal with the homemade root-beer stand. She seemed to have been there "forever" and it was our last stop on a night at the Pike before we hit Long Beach.
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Ma and her "dirty 7" at Agua Caliente, Mexico
Dad was taking the picture.
Our first trip to Long Beach
The Signal Hill Oil Field in Long Beach, California
We drove through it on the last leg of our drive to the Venetian Square.
Dot at the Harry and the Ape-man concession
The old San Louie grade on Highway 101
Getting over it was always an ordeal for our family clunkers.
An extraordinary collection of photographs
Fishing Baja 2000
Fishing the Sea of Cortez off Cerralvo Island
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