A Year of Memories

A Year of Memories

February 22, 2021 Memories aren’t new to an 80+ year old man, but until recently I never considered the possibility that I had dozens of life stories to tell. This project started simply enough – I was asked to write a memory of growing up in Wisconsin. As I...
Soap: Best-Uses List

Soap: Best-Uses List

My kindergarten teacher grabbed a bar of soap the day I messed my pants, but somehow she must have missed the soap’s best-uses guide. I was late getting started, so I rushed off to school without eating my breakfast. And I didn’t have time to complete my other morning...
I Swore Off Hunting Forever

I Swore Off Hunting Forever

I remember well a fateful day of pheasant hunting. Afterwards, I sheathed my Fulton double-barreled 20-gauge shotgun, and it hasn’t seen daylight for fifty-five years. I hunted a bit during high school—squirrels now and then, but mostly pheasants. Sometimes, I’d drive...
Sadie Hawkins Dance

Sadie Hawkins Dance

I suppose that most of you are too young to know about Dogpatch. Dogpatch was a fictional community dreamed up by comic strip illustrator and writer Al Capp. He described Dogpatch “as being the most miserable and unnecessary place on earth.” He said it was located...
Kick One for Me

Kick One for Me

Pat O’Dea, “Wisconsin’s Kangaroo,” played at a time when the kicker was considered the most important player on a football team. O’Dea is thought by many to be the greatest kicker of all time. Pat played for the University of Wisconsin from 1896 to 1899, at a time...
Piano Queen

Piano Queen

Johnny Mercer, Academy Award-winning writer of more than 1,500 songs—including “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Moon River”—estimated that Emma Kelly knew 6,000 songs from memory. Although Emma Kelly achieved local prominence before appearing in the book and movie,...
A Gentleman Scholar

A Gentleman Scholar

With only a high school education, he put his children through school to doctorate degrees. Now, in the latter years of his life, he decided to take his turn. I first met Jake when in 1970 I entered Utah State’s doctorate program. Jake was in his sixties, partway...