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Entries Tagged as 'Metuchen N.J.'

Liberty 9-1327 and TV

November 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Li9-1327. That was our phone number in New Jersey. World War II had recently ended and words like Liberty were left over from the war effort. We had a party line when we first got the phone. When you picked up the phone to make a call you had to first listen to make sure […]

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Tags: Early Years · Family · Metuchen N.J.

Bambi

February 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment

There can be a fog that blurs the distinctions between reality, memories and dreams. Here’s one: The Forum Theatre was where we went to “go to the movies.” It was the only place to go. It was a movie house with one screen and it’s currently the scene of a foggy memory. I was outside, […]

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Joy Ride

February 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

My dad worked for Rutger’s Chevrolet in New Brunswick, N.J., about 10 miles from our home in Metuchen. A number years I held a summer job at the dealership as the parts delivery driver. It was an awesome deal: arrive in the morning and clean up a bit around the parts area while orders were […]

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Kennedy

January 26th, 2009 · No Comments

November 22, 1963. I was in algebra class. The windows in the room overlooked the front of the school, the drive up to the school, the grass circle where the flag pole was planted, flying the flag of the United States. It was around 1:30 when the announcement came over the school PA system – […]

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Tags: High School · Metuchen N.J.

Mr. Toth’s

January 24th, 2009 · 3 Comments

About 5 blocks or so down Amboy Avenue was Mr. Toth’s. I guess you it call it the equivalent of today’s convenience store. It was our destination for candy, penny candy, and soda. The building itself was rough red brick, two stories, with the store on the first level and I assume Mr. Toth’s lodging […]

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Christmas & Newspapers

December 17th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Grade school, Washington School, comes to mind. The main entrance of the building was right in the middle, twin sets of doors behind large pillars. Entering, you took one of two flights of stairs to the second floor. Here, centrally located, majestically stood the Christmas tree. Like most Christmas trees seen through the eyes of […]

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Tags: Early Years · Metuchen N.J. · Msc Ramblings

Washington School

August 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Washington Elementary School, later named Moss School after the principal I schooled under, was about three blocks from my home, up Amboy Avenue. Myself and the other kids in the neighborhood would walk to school. I don’t recall anyone arriving by car or anyone having a parent along for the journey. The school had an […]

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Early Photo 2

July 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Here I stand on Peltier Avenue with Amboy Avenue behind me. My home is to my left, off right in the picture. At the top of the photo it states: Sept 55. I am 8 1/2 years old. What can we learn? Well, for one thing we didn’t own an edger and didn’t care about […]

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Early Photo 1

July 27th, 2008 · No Comments

This is one of the earliest photos of myself I’ve seen. It shows a few details. Notice the truck in the background. My dad worked for Rutgers Chevrolet in New Brunswick, NJ as the parts department manager. One of his “perks” was that he got to use the parts truck for personal use. It’s a […]

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Street Light Snow

July 25th, 2008 · No Comments

We lived at the corner of Peltier Street and Amboy Avenue. Our front door, which we hardly ever used, faced Amboy. My dad parked on Peltier and we entered the house through the side door that faced Peltier. That door entered into the kitchen of the house. Peltier did not cross Amboy but rather created […]

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