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Minneapolis 1908

Minneapolis 1908

The buildings on the left were razed in the 80s for a ghastly development called “City Center,” which wasn’t as imaginative as its name. The retail portion struggled for decades to fail, and finally succeeded. The sliver of white stone on the right was Donaldson’s, a department store that eventually moved into City Center, where it the brand died in a merger. (The old building was demolished for an attractive Cesar Pelli-designed retail / office complex.) Down the street on the right, it’s the Syndicate Building, later the home of Penney’s. (It was torn down for a retail / office complex.) In the distance, the pointy tower of the remarkably ungainly Minnesota Loan and Trust Building, a 49-foot-wide building that stood until 1920 before it was clawed down for a new Woolworth's.

Everything here is gone except for the light-colored building in the middle. It still bears its original name: Andrus. It’s an office complex. No retail. View full size.

New Year's Eve 1956

New Year's Eve 1956

December 31, 1956 (or January 1, 1957). A party my brother, then 19, went to. Other than recognizing a couple family friends, that's all I know about this Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Chevy Baby: 1963

Chevy Baby: 1963

Circa 1963. I'm not sure what's worse: that my brother is in the front seat or the metal baby seat itself, hooked to the seatback of the car. View full size.

William Suarez Prieto: 1943

William Suarez Prieto: 1943

"To Ernest. Sincerely, William Suarez Prieto, Panama, 1943." There are two addresses for William, one in Panama City, Panama, the other in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba; and the words "agua dulce." View full size.

In My Room: 1966

In My Room: 1966

This is a Kodachrome of my bedroom in Pacifica, California, in November 1966. I was 10 years old, and apparently an unnaturally neat child. That's my stupid dog Blackie on the bed -- Blackie eventually bit a neighbor kid and "got sent to the farm" - I was in college before I figured out that my parents had him put to sleep. They were also like beatniks, so the whole house was covered in that awful seagrass rug stuff that left waffle marks on my feet. My prize possession, one share of McDonnell Aircraft stock, is framed over my desk. That desk, which is now my wife's computer desk, had an elaborate drawing of a Gemini instrument panel on the underside, and I spent hours lying under it, on the overturned Cost Plus chair, pretending I was in orbit. That's a model of a B-57 B-58 bomber on top of the Zenith TV, which had a broken on-off switch and required me to crawl under it and plug it in when I wanted to watch anything. There are a lot of Roy Gallant books on astronomy and space travel on the shelf, and the window looked out on the driveway. I really miss that camel-hair comforter on the bed. View full size.

At the air show

At the air show

This was back in 1972 or 1973, that's my dad in the middle, I'm on the left suffering from a headache or needing a V8, my brother on his right. I think this air show was at Point Mugu near Camarillo, California. Or at Van Nuys Airport. Despite my unhappy look I loved these shows as a kid. Can anyone help with what kind of cargo plane that is in the background?

Aunt Lillian

Aunt Lillian

To accompany the picture of Dad and Cousin Earl, here's a picture of Earl's mother, Lillian Latter (née Miller). Quite the hat, even in the portion of the picture that remains. View full size.

 
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