Friday, June 23, 2006

Wednesday, October13, 1954

Dear Folks

Today we saw a movie in P.T. on "How to Survive in the Tundra" (semi-arctic regions). It was one of those "how to survive on a broken compass & old fish heads" things. I thought it was terrifically funny (though it wasn’t supposed to be). Of course there were, among the six marooned men, several familiar characters. There was a George Washington Carver who could whip up a tasty dish out of a bunch of rock lichen; a Daniel Boone type, who could (& did) trap everything from a lemming (a glorified field mouse—they are delicious) to a caribou which, unfortunately, they missed—they had set up an ingenious device with two twigs & a 90-lb piece of sod, but the caribou outsmarted them (not a difficult task, I assure you); and, of course, there was the General-All-Around-Genius who could make more things out of one lousy parachute than are dreamed of in your philosophy, Horatio. This latter genius also, in his spare time, made a dandy kite (out of the parachute, of course) for attracting airplanes—I expected at any moment to see him attach a key to it & discover electricity, but he never got around to it.

Now, to answer dad’s questions—I want just my one suitcase, so that when I come home Xmas I’ll have something larger than my duffle bag to pack my things in. Send them (or rather it) any time you want, just so it’s fairly soon. Yes, the band instruments are furnished, & I hope to stay on after moving to Corry or Whiting (which I’ll do on or about Nov. 26).

I surely am glad I joined the band! I told you, I think, all about what we may get to do.
November 20 we are going to the Duke-South Carolina game (the Duke-Georgia Tech game would be too soon for us to be ready). We will all be flown to Durham, North Carolina for it. Last Saturday night we played for the Admiral at a football game, & he liked us so well he’s planned a "surprise" for us (which, it is rumored, may be a trip to the Army-Navy game!). Miami is still pending. Nov. 11 we’re to lead a parade in Pensacola. Four days before Xmas vacation, if all goes well, we will be flown to New York City to appear on "Toast of the Town"; then we’ll fly home from there if we want. God, I’d give my life’s blood to get to New York for four days!!

Haven’t been doing much of anything lately except study—haven’t even gone to a show in two weeks! Saturday morning we have band practice, but Saturday afternoon I hope to get downtown to pick up my picture. I hope you like it—it will have to be hung as it is too large to put atop the record cabinet.

Did the movies come? Have you looked at them yet? The large blank space at the beginning is where I had written "Welcome to Florida" in the white sand, but it was evidently too bright.
Well, I’d better close for now. I would appreciate your sending some money for new film. (Note—this is the first time I’ve ever written home for money! I’ve gotten $15 from you all the time I’ve been her, & that’s pretty inexpensive if you ask me).

I’ll try to write more this weekend. Till then I am

As Always

Roge

P.S. The paper is coming regularly now—thanks. Did you get any of Chicago’s floods?

3 comments:

Eric said...

hope you got to new york would be interesting to read your comments on my city back in 1954!

Dorien/Roger said...

Yep, I did get to New York, as you'll see, but I didn't have much time to see the city. If you want a look at New York in the 1980s through my (okay, Dick Hardesty's) eyes, I hope you'll read The Role Players. It's the setting for book #8 in the Dick Hardesty Mystery series.

Eric said...

I'm up to the Good Cop, so it will be awhile until I get to the Role Players, but something to look forward to. I wonder how much I remember of NYC in the '80's!