Monthly Archives: June 2016


Author’s Note:  Dear Readers, this will be my last post until Sunday, July 10.  Next week I’m having the first of two cataract surgeries and I don’t want the pressure of being Mr. Magoo and having to type on a … Continue reading

Posted in Childhood, pop culture, Wilmette | 21 Comments


Just a short post today, Dear Readers.  I just don’t have the time. I beg your indulgence.  I didn’t know – but I bet (sadly) many of you did- that there is SO much to do after a parent dies. Ever … Continue reading

Posted in Parents | 14 Comments

Mister Roffe

Happy Father’s Day, Dear Readers.  Hope it’s a glorious day for you and your families. Those misspelled (No two N’s in “Benjamin”) dog tags are souvenirs of my dad’s Navy career. He was a radarman on the U.S.S. Shangri-La. Here … Continue reading

Posted in Ben Roffe, Childhood, Fathers | 8 Comments

The River

These are Kenny and my baby shoes.  Somehow they seem appropriate today because our mother, Leatrice Roffe, died early on Tuesday morning. No matter what her death certificate says, let me make this very clear. She didn’t die from the … Continue reading

Posted in Lea Roffe, Parents | 45 Comments


Wow, Dear Readers.  At long last, it finally feels like summer around here and that brings one great thing to mind… Riverview! Yeah, I know.  Riverview Amusement Park is long gone.  Sold to a developer in 1967 and vanished overnight … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Childhood, Dating, Nostalgia | 20 Comments

Danny Boy

These are my friends, Danny and Karen Lee. I met them in a galaxy long ago and far away at an opening of Return of The Jedi in 1983. I’ve already explained why I so adore the Lees.  If you … Continue reading

Posted in Friends, Kidney donation, Tributes | 8 Comments

Now and Then

Hi, Dear Readers.  It’s great to be back.  Hope you had a wonderful holiday.  I sure did. One of the reasons is right here… The blurry photograph that graces (?) today’s post was probably taken circa 1962.  From left to … Continue reading

Posted in Avoca School, Childhood, Nostalgia, The 60's, Wilmette | 12 Comments