The Year of 1935 (I was 8 yrs old)
What was happening in the world:
- All of Europe is now fearful of Hitler and his Nazis.
- Mussolini invades Ethiopia.
- Persia officially becomes Iran.
- After many bloody clashes, the St. Sophia Mosque in Istanbul is designated as a non-denominational museum to promote peace between Christians and Arabs. Fifty years later in 1985 I visited the spectacular structure.
What was happening in the USA:
- Bruno Hauptmann is executed for the murder of Lindbergh’s baby.
- FDR declares the USA neutral from European involvements.
- Social Security becomes law - 54 years later I used it in my retirement.
- WPA becomes law to provide more jobs for the unemployed.
- John L. Lewis takes over the CIO.
- Huey Long is assassinated in Louisiana and Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed in an Alaskan plane crash.
What was happening in California:
- PanAm Airlines flies the first non-stop flight to Hawaii in 16 hours.
- Boulder Dam is officially completed.
- John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat is a best seller.
What was happening in sports:
- In the Rose Bowl, it was Alabama 29 - Stanford 13.
- In the World Series, Detroit beat Chicago 4 games to 2 games.
- In the NFL Title game it was Detroit 26 - NY Giants 7.
- In the First Heisman Award, Jay Berwanger of Chicago is rated as the number 1 College Player of the year.
- James Braddock beats Max Baer for the heavyweight title.
What was happening at the movies:
- Best Movie was The Great Ziegfeld.
- Best actor was Paul Muni in Louis Pasteur.
- Best actress was Luise Rainer in The Great Ziegfeld.
- Other great movies were: Les Miserables (Frederic March), Tale of Two Cities (Ronald Coleman), and Oil for the Lamps of China (Pat O'Brien).
Memorable Songs were:
- April Showers (Al Jolson)
- Streets of Laredo
- Alexander's Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
What was happening in my life:
- I was 8 years old and having problems in Mrs. Mayland's 3rd Grade Class. Betty had left a bad reputation for me to inherit - she didn't like me. Despite this, I was a rough-and-tumble kid who was called the "king-of-the-little-yard."
- Another thing I remember about the little yard at Garfield was the break for Milk and Graham Crackers. We each got a "kid-size" bottle of milk. Then came the Weekly Reader. A sketch of the little yard can be found here.
- We were still living on Foothill Blvd. and I remember the day that Rich, I, Gert, and Delores were playing under the house and found the small box containing George Berrera's "extra" glass eye. It scared the hell out of us.
- I also remember the bonfires Dad used to build in the backyard to get rid of debris. We kids would wait until only the embers were left, then we would try to run through the embers without getting burnt.
- The time Betty, Rich, and I lost the nickel down the sewer drain in front of Levine's Store on Foothill Blvd. Ma used to give us each a nickel to spend on the way back to school after lunch.
- Our memorable trip to Fairmont Hospital on a rainy day. We stumbled across the "Potter's Field" graveyard behind the Hospital and the coffin of Michael Conte beside a half-dug grave. The gravediggers stopped digging when it started to rain. I had several nightmares about it later. Rich remembered the trip in 1982.
What was happening in 1936 ---->
Historic movie houses in Oakland and
Memories of Ma
In addition to her 7 kids, Ma was interested in raising Scotties and growing flowers.
On our trips to San Francisco, she always wanted to visit the Conservatory in Golden Gate Park to see its flowers.
Although Ma was almost always calm and mild-tempered, I remember the time she got raving mad at Rich and I in the Foothill Butcher Shop because we were horsing around and spilled our ice cream cones.
I remember finding a $5.00 bill at the 6th Street Market - Ma tried to get it off me by offering me 50 cents. She and I and Ruth and Gert walked to Fruitvale that night to spend it. We often stopped for Banana Splits at the Fruitvale Ice Cream Parlor - they were Ma's favorite. Great candies of the day were Haystacks, Mt. Shasta, and Baffle Bars.
The Conservatory in San Francisco
Bonnie the Scottie
Ma was trying to get her to pose for a picture - note Ma's finger.
An extraordinary collection of photographs
Fishing Baja 2000
Fishing the Sea of Cortez off Cerralvo Island
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