The Year of 1936 (I was 9 years old)

What was happening in the world:

What was happening in the USA:

What was happening in California:

What was happening in sports:

What was happening at the movies:

Memorable songs were:

What was happening in my life:

What was happening in 1937 ---->


Betty, Rich, and I holding our three Scottie puppies. Ma's Scottie and her 3 babies.

Two generations of Ma’s interests
Her three kids and Bonnie’s three pups.

Memories of Dad

Two of Dad’s primary interests were Popeye in the comics and everything about health and fasting. Dad fasted and watched his diet his entire life. I remember his diets of Dates, Milk, and Fong Wan Herbs (he lived to be 101), and he kept boxes of apples and oranges in his bedroom closet. His idols were Bernard McFadden and Charles Atlas.

He also kept busy and active. On Sunday's, we would have family softball games at Lake Merritt until it got dark. After "retiring" from the Post Office, he became a janitor and when the United States entered World War II, he tired to re-enlist in the Navy but was sent home because he was 53.

I remember going with him and my older brother Bill to the curio stores along McAllister Street in San Francisco and the Salvation Army store in Oakland at 6th and Webster. Dad was looking for books on fasting and Bill was looking for WWI war relics.

Ma and Dad in 1935. Fong Wan Herbs in Oakland.

Dad at age 52 and Ma at age 35

Our Scottie Bonnie

Fong Wan Herbs in Oakland

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