Archive for the ‘Family History’ Category

wsj.com: “MY RIDE – – How a 1964 Chevy Pickup Became Part of the Family – – Bought used, the C10 known as ‘Old Blue’ has passed from fathers to sons and still works the Andersons’s Montana ranch”

December 12, 2017

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-a-1964-chevy-pickup-became-part-of-the-family-1513088657

“My Ride” is a nice series about the relationship of people to their vehicles . . .

Some day I should write about my own cars, a 1979 Toyota Corona LE liftback sedan, a 1992 Toyota Camry, and my current 2003 Toyota Camry.

Or, about the cars of of my parents during my lifetime, a 1958 Chevrolet Impala sedan, 1965 Buick Riviera GS coupe, a 1967 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, a 1969 Chevrolet Impala station wagon, a 1981 Buick Skylark sedan, a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (I think I got year right), a 1985 Mercedes sedan (not sure that year is right), and a 1990 or so Lexus sedan.

“Auerbach’s and ZCMI Memories””

December 7, 2017

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900005255/kueds-auerbachs-and-zcmi-memories-completes-producers-career-of-preserving-utahs-history.html

This article is about the making of KUED’s new documentary on Auerbach’s and ZCMI, two notable Utah department stores.  The articles includes historic pictures of the stores.

“Thank the Lord, Christmas is over!”

December 2, 2017

This may be my all time favorite statement from a conversation I overheard.  It was made at least ten or fifteen years ago.  I was in my home town of Littleton, Colorado to celebrate Christmas with my parents and other family members.  A day or two after Christmas we went for lunch to Mission Trujillo, a memorable Mexican restaurant and veritable community gathering place at Broadway and Ridge, a place frequented by the my family for many years (which, to our great disappointment, closed its doors some time ago, at a time when its business was still thriving).  As we sat at our table, on somewhat of a slow day with not many diners, two middle aged women at a nearby table were conversing over their lunch.  In the course of their conversation, one of the women made the statement which is the title of this blogpost, doing so without a hint of irony, sighing with what I perceived to be genuine relief.

#LightTheWorld “During Christmas we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World. This year, share that light by resolving to do the things Jesus Christ did. Every day leading up to Christmas, focus on a different Christlike behavior. For specific suggestions on ways we can emulate His example go to mormon.org”

November 29, 2017

Click on this link for some ideas:  https://www.mormon.org/.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

November 28, 2017

This past Sunday morning, as I was walking from one church to another in Provo, Utah, I came upon a car that had a Ron Jon Surf Shop decal in its back window.

That triggered some memories.

My father was an aerospace engineer at Martin Marietta, which is now part of Lockheed Martin.  Over the years he went on many business trips to Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Beginning about the time I started high school, he began giving my siblings and me t-shirts from the Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.  They were similar to the t-shirts that can be bought today.

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I would wear those to school frequently.  On some of those cold winter days in Colorado, I’d walk to school wearing one of these t-shirts under my big down coat.

This brief video tells the history of the Ron Jon Surf Shop (click on the arrow in the middle of the image to play the video):

This article gives some historical facts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Jon_Surf_Shop.