Category Archives: Looking Back

Aging: ‘Dying Young Only Looks Good in the Movies’

Journalist Regina Brett put it all in perspective. When she turned fifty, she wrote, “After having breast cancer at forty-one, I’m thrilled to grow old.” BACK IN THE EARLY 1960’S, before Mrs. R. and I were married, we were both employed at a large defense-oriented research firm in Northern California. The staff was a well-educated […]

Veterans Day: WW II Through the Eyes of a Kid

A blue star banner indicated that a household had a family member serving in the military during the war. A gold star indicated a family member had died in the service — either killed in action or died from other causes. by Dave Riley MY WORLD WAR 11 began on a Sunday afternoon in December […]

When We Were Kids: My First Employer

Once I said to Joe, who questioned some work I had done, “I think it’s good enough.” Joe, with a withering glare I shall never forget, replied, “Good enough, isn’t.” by Dave Riley Kids’ activities don’t run on autopilot. There have to be adults who coach and manage and make sure that stuff gets organized. […]

When We Were Kids: The Dumbest Things I Ever Did

I turned eighty this year but when I look back on some of the nutty things I did as a kid, I have to wonder how I ever made it this far.  For example… By Dave Riley ABOUT THE AGE OF TEN I developed an interest in testing the laws of physics. How fast could […]

When We Were Kids: Baseball

Second in a series of occasional posts wherein a geezer looks back at a time when he (and Bangor) were far younger. By Dave Riley FOR AT LEAST PART of one summer, Owen Inforati was the most popular guy in our neighborhood.  If he or any of his heirs are reading this, don’t take it […]