The Year of 1948 (I was 21 years old)
What was happening in the world:
- Mahatma Gandhi is murdered by a Hindu fanatic.
- The Cold-War chill develops as Russia blockades Berlin.
- Truman orders the Berlin Airlift to begin.
- The Dead-Sea Scrolls are found in Israel - I saw the cave where they were found 36 years later in 1984.
- The U.N. partitions Palestine and formally creates the state of Israel.
What was happening in the USA:
- In a major upset, we all went to bed one night thinking that Dewey was President. In the morning, we discovered that Harry had narrowly won re-election.
- Congress establishes the USAF as a separate third branch of the armed forces.
- Truman OKs development of the much more deadly Hydrogen Bomb.
- The Kinsey Report on the sex habits of the USA startles many people.
- A brand new Cadillac is now selling for $2,800.
What was happening in California:
- Mt. Palomar opens with the world's largest telescope.
- Population of the "Golden" state begins to soar as mass migration continues.
What was happening in sports:
- In the Rose Bowl it was, Michigan 49 - USC 0.
- In the World Series, it was Cleveland over Boston 4 games to 2.
- In the NFL championship, it was Philadelphia 7 - Chicago 0.
- The Heisman Trophy went to Doak Walker of SMU.
- The national championship of College Football went to Michigan.
- The national championship of College Basketball went to Kentucky.
- The 1st NBA champion was Baltimore.
What was happening at the movies:
- Best movie was Treasure of Sierra Madre.
- Best actor was Lawrence Olivier in Hamlet.
- Best actress was Olivia De Havlland in Snake Pit.
Other great movies were:
- Wake of the Red Witch (John Wayne)
- Key Largo (Humphrey Bogart)
- Easter Parade (Judy Garland)
Memorable Songs were:
- Puff the magic dragon (one of Tom’s kid songs)
- Limelight (theme song of Chaplin's movie - Dot and I saw it at the Paramount)
- The Bells are Ringing for Me and My Gal
- By the Light of the Silvery Moon
What was happening in my life:
- At Arts and Crafts, I began to "flounder". I still had an intense interest in art, but I was young and confused about too many things.
- Tom was ready to start to school and Ma wanted him at Sequoia - not Garfield. So, after 10 years at 2253 19th Avenue, we moved back to the Dimond District to 3616 Laguna Ave. I remember the huge job it was to clean out 10 years of accumulation from our old basement. Dad and I and Tom did the job by hiring a truck to carry the stuff to the dump.
- I lost my long cherished "Clubhouse" but inherited a nice little room under the front steps at 3616. I remember we had a huge Walnut Tree in the backyard and I remember Ma spending hours and hours on her hands-and-knees trying to get Ivy started in the front yard to hide the very steep slope.
- We had a Mr. and Mrs. Bunce as neighbors in the back (she was a teacher and he stayed home and did art work). Also, a Nurse named Mrs. Harrison lived there. Mr. Bunce invited me back to his studio once to see his work.
- About this time, Rich had just started in at Cal and he was working and living at the Bentley School in Berkeley. He didn't need a car anymore because he could walk to school. So, I bought his blue 1936 Plymouth Coupe as my 2nd car - I sold the Model-A Ford. I was still going to CCAC but my life was confused. I finished up this 2nd year and then dropped out. I often wonder how my life might have been different if I had stuck with a career in Commercial Art?????
- Also about this time, I began visiting the Moulin Rouge Theatre to see live burlesque – I remember "Candy" the pretty young stripper.
- Mickie - our family dog for many years - was very old now and she had developed cancer of the breast. Ma gave Rich and I the ugly job of taking Mickie down to the pound to be put to sleep. Like me, poor Mickie was confused and didn't understand. It was a very unpleasant experience and I got sick over it. 34 years later, Rich still remembered the event.
- Rich was almost totally involved in his college work now, but once in awhile he and I would do something together. One of these memorable events was our hike out in the watershed country of Lake Chabot. It was posted keep out, but we went in anyway. In a gully, we suddenly came upon what seemed like hundreds of garter snakes writhing all over the ground. It was both "eerie-and-creepie" at the same time. We found out later it was an annual Spring mating event. Once again, Rich remembered the event 34 years later.
- Pat and Bob made one of their visits from San Diego this year. It was the year Bob had the hot tip on the racehorse Super Dauber. I went to Bay Meadows with them and bet my money on the "hot" horse - but he lost. On that same visit, Ma-Pat-Bob-and I took a ride to Winterland in San Francisco to see the Ice Follies (Ma loved the follies). Unfortunately, it was a Monday night when the Winterland was closed.
- I had my first bad accident in Rich's blue Plymouth. I was following too close and going too fast when somebody in front of me stopped very fast and I rear-ended him - it cost me a new radiator.
- Dot and Van were stationed at Whidbey Island in Washington, and they also paid us a visit this year. Dorcy Ann was about 2 years old and a real "squawker". Dot and I rode the Foothill bus down to the Paramount Theatre to see the new Charlie Chaplin movie Limelight - it was very good. We had lunch at the cafeteria in Kress’s. When we got home, Ma was about crazy from Dorcy Ann's crying. To make up for it, Dot took the whole family to Garibaldi's Restaurant in downtown Oakland for a Spaghetti Dinner.
- As I began to lose interest in my art studies, I began to spend more time just traveling around on my own - hoping to figure things out. One of these solo trips was an all-day walking trip around the streets of downtown San Francisco and I had a bit of a surprise. I was coming down one of the steep side streets off Market when a familiar-looking guy suddenly came out of a street-side bar. I just about fell over when I saw it was the movie actor Jeff Chandler. He looked at me and I looked at him - and we passed. He looked exactly like he did on the screen.
- An important event of this year was our 2nd to last family trip to Long Beach. Ma, Dad, Bet, Tom (at 6 years old), and I made the trip. We stayed in the main building this time instead of the bungalows and it was a mistake. The place was filled with older retired people now and Tom and I got yelled at for playing cards too loudly at a late hour (our card games were almost always very noisy).
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What was happening in 1949 ---->
My little brother Tom
On a family trip to Long Beach.
Ma and her sailor boy
Another picture taken on our family vacation to Long Beach.
Our old place at 3616 Laguna Avenue in Oakland
I remember Ma on her hands and knees trying to get this Ivy to grow on the steep slope. See how our house looks now on Google Street View below.
The same place over 50 years later
How our old place on Laguna looks more recently on Google Street View.
Moulin Rouge on Market Street in San Francisco
I would go see "Candy" do her thing on stage.
Mickie our family dog
I had the ugly experience of taking her to the pound to be put down. As an adult, I decided to never have pets.
The Paramount in downtown Oakland
Where we went to see Limelight.
An extraordinary collection of photographs
Fishing Baja 2000
Fishing the Sea of Cortez off Cerralvo Island
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