Mar 27, 2017

Thu, Mar 27, 1947: jerkwater town

"Yesterday at a jerkwater town named Leoti we ran into our first serious difficulty.  A strait-laced school superintendent attempted to stop the show mid way through the Boone-Basore part.  He disapproves of popular music and the girls duo provided plenty of it while the Chordbuilders put out some numbers which were rather flippant."

--Letter from my father, Larned, Kans., to my mother, Winfield, Kans., Thursday, March 27, 1947.

Mar 21, 2017

Fri, Mar 21, 1947: knowledge about jazz

"Yesterday afternoon in Music Lit., we got started on a general discussion of music in general, having nothing better to do, and Mr. Blackburn asked what the only real music indigenous to American culture.  Little Ruthie really shone, and I discovered that I had picked up quite a lot of knowledge about jazz from you."

--Letter from my mother, Winfield, Kans., to my father, Hoisington, Kans., Friday, March 21, 1947.  My father was on a trip with the choir.

Mar 14, 2017

Fri, Mar 14, 1947: housing situation

"Your mention of plans to attend Madison have my heart approval--love that school.  The housing situation is very acute there, with many students living in barracks, and some commuting daily from a former ordnance plant site 35 miles away."
--Letter from Rollie Paulson, Iowa City, Iowa, to my father, Winfield, Kans., Friday, March 14, 1947.

Mar 4, 2017

Tue, Mar 4, 1947: both pretty nice

"The folks seemed to think Ruth and Elbert were both pretty nice.  I was so glad you got to come even if you did have to hurry off."

--Letter from my grandmother, Bloomington, Kans., to my father, Winfield, Kans., Tuesday, March 4, 1947.  Ruth (my mother) was my father's girlfriend.  Elbert was his sister's boyfriend.

Mar 2, 2017

Sun, Mar 2, 1947: Devotions

“supper at East Hall – church & Fellowships with Devotions by Sid on ‘Word’s Power’”

--Entry in my mother’s diary, Sunday, March 2, 1947, about dating my father.