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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Brothers: 1957

Brothers: 1957

Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, October 5, 1957. My brother and I take a lunch break after fishing since early morning. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic radio carries the Gopher-Purdue game (which the Gophers won). On the way back to Minneapolis late that afternoon, we learned that the Russians had launched Sputnik. This was also the week that Leave It To Beaver debuted on teleivison. View full size.

I had one of those radios!

There is a picture of me listening to my uncle's radio like that taken in the early 1960s. I had headphones on. Years later he would give it to me, and it still worked up into the late 1970s.

Monumental week

It was also the week that I was born, having made my debut the previous Monday just in time for dinner. I remember my mom telling me how freaked they all were about the Sputnik launch.

 
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