Through Any Given Door

1.67 Larry’s Diary, Oct 1950

1950 • Larry’s diary (age 16) Oct 1  Saw show Father of the Bride with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Sat with Ray Ghiorso and Bill Squires. Blanket gave out Oct 2  Mom at hospital for operation. Carried horn home for 2nd time for T.C.B. without rehearsal. Boys Sextette and … [Read more...]

1.68 Larry’s Diary, Nov 1950

1950 • Larry’s diary (age 16) The majority of Larry's entries in November deal with school, band, movies, and work. He mentions in passing that Mom is struggling again. Carleen had more to say about Mother below the diary entries. Nov 1  Went to San Francisco Sherman Clay 3rd time. New … [Read more...]

1.69 Larry’s Diary, Dec 1950

1950 • Larry’s diary (age 16) Dec 1  1st home game Jackson A's lost, B's won. Don Grant drove me out and back. Got price list and catalogue from Sherman Clay on horn. Mailed stamps in late 6 months Dec 2  Turned out Wildcat #6. All ads perfect except spelling. 1st time Balcom (English … [Read more...]

1.70 Larry’s Diary, Jan 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 16) Jan 1  Michigan beat Calif by 14-6 in Rose Bowl. Went to last mass. Finished inventory except records. Got to bed early for a change Jan 2  Went to Alan C. house and we went over our stamps. Got Valentine, Graduation, and Easter cards in. Talked to dad about … [Read more...]

1.71 Larry’s Diary, Feb 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Feb 1  Got "Imogene" in Brass Choir music, easy piece. Also Tuolumne County Orchestra practice. 2nd square dance held, first time I danced. Jerry Paine my partner Feb 2  Band played for Pep Rally in gym and for game with Oakdale. They won both games, A game … [Read more...]

1.72 Larry’s Diary, Mar 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Mar 1  Played checkers at Dipper with Dwain McDonald. Got new music at Brass Choir rehearsal. Got one with bass solo throughout. Also Tuolumne County Orchestra Mar 2  Went to Stockton and saw "Our Town". Most of cast went down. Had turkey at … [Read more...]

1.73 1951 • Popcorn Girl

1951 • My Sister Carleen ~ Carleen was high-spirited and hard-working. Her dance cards were filled, as were her weekends and summers. She cut a rug at the Harvest Dance and at the Valentine Ball she slow danced and jitterbugged with Bruce and Eddie; at the Winter Mist she box-stepped with … [Read more...]

1.74 Larry’s Diary, Apr 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Apr 1  Saw show Bird of Paradise. Mailed letters to N.Y., S Williams and J Cavallari in truck wreck. Janice broke pelvis bone in 4 places, hurt head, leg, back Apr 2  Mac took me to see a man about a job this summer at the powerhouse. I HOPE - Durham already … [Read more...]

1.75 Billet-doux from Mom

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Apr 12  Mom got letter published in Union Democrat about city council and Dad April 5, 1951 • Letter to Editor, The Union Democrat Editor, The Union Democrat, Sonora, Calif. Dear Sir: Answer to letter from U.K. Peterson published in April 5th issue of The … [Read more...]

1.76 Larry’s Diary, May 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) May 1  Sick from eating cherries, missed day of school, Mom and Claudia also sick. Packed uniform in suitcase. May 2  Polished horn and shined bell with lacquer polish. Modesto Junior College and Acapella Choir sang. Gooslink accompanied. Paid 75 cents for … [Read more...]

1.77 Larry’s Diary, Jun 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Jun 1  Chased buses from Merced Lake to Henderson Park for Senior Ditch Day. Went to Turlock for Jr-Sr Prom with Norma Hunts. Called Bob Jones. Home and in bed at 4 A.M. Jun 2  Bought tie for Mr. Hagemeyer from Brass Choir. Now have 79 silver dollars. Drove … [Read more...]

1.78 Larry’s Diary, July 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Jul 1  Bob Durham slept late and I got him up at 4:05 A.M. Mailed letter and 3 bucks to Bonnie. P. Barnard is moving out of the bunk house. Jul 2  Changed from room 10 to room 3. Bigger room with 1 locker, better view. Had steak for supper. Dropped razor and … [Read more...]

1.79 Not MY Mother

1951 • Sonora ~ My sister wore plaid skirts, silk neck scarves, and had a cashmere twinset for each day of the week, bought with her money from her job at the movie house. She jitterbugged with Pat, JoAnn, and Joyce, walked arm-in-arm with Cassie Jo, and gossiped with Shirley and Phyllis. … [Read more...]

1.80 Larry’s Diary, Aug 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Aug 1  Ate at clubhouse 1st time in two weeks had both lunch and dinner. Slept and practiced in afternoon Aug 2  Sent letter to Mrs. Crookshank about Bonnie. Sent letter to Mr. Wisler about scholarship to Idaho Aug 3  Went home and got glasses from Dr. … [Read more...]

1.81 Larry’s Diary, Sep 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Sep 1  College of Pacific players came to Sonora for training. Went to Mt. River lodge with Mirks and boys. Bought $15.00 pair of slacks Sep 2  Missed playing for Lodi band concert in Lodi. Said goodbye to Porter. He's going to Tahoe for week then back to … [Read more...]

1.82 Larry’s Diary, Oct 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Oct 1  Band rehearsed outdoors. Got name in Democrat for going to San Jose State. Dad resigned from Sonora City council, picture on front page of paper Oct 2  Got four letters from girls from "Girl Friends". Answered them all. Wrote letter to Mr. Wisler and … [Read more...]

1.83 Larry’s Diary, Nov-Dec 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Nov 1  thru 10  (note: posts about classes, band, R.O.T.C. and dates with Gail) Nov 11  Mom drove me back to San Jose as she was bringing Claudia down for eye trouble. Introduced them to Gail's folks. I watched TV at her house till late Nov 12  No … [Read more...]

1.84 Larry’s Diary, Jan 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 17 and 18) Jan 2  Had party at house Jan 3  1st day of Winter quarter. Taking Harmony, Musicianship, Physics of Sound (Lecture and Lab), Basketball, String Bass, Advanced String Bass, Band, Political Science Science, Orchestra Jan 4  Told Gail to go out … [Read more...]

1.85 Larry’s Diary, Feb 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Feb 1 - 7  (no entries) Feb 8  Didn't see anyone today. Had little tussle with couple of kids. One of 'em Dave Grinaldo, Art's brother Feb 9  Saw Gail and John B. Tilly for last time Feb 10  Dad came down in evening. Have lost 10 lbs in last … [Read more...]

1.86 Larry’s Diary, Mar 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Mar 1  Hashed then played horn with Mike on drums and Pete on piano. Jazz toned and orgininal tunes. Got sheets from laundry. Saw wreck in front of house Mar 2  Played in Art's Orchestra again, also sang in choir. Went to Gail's after and read her term … [Read more...]

1.87 Larry’s Diary, April 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Apr 1  Wrote letter to Folks, Betty C. Carol G. Max H., and Merced girl. Played Bruckner. Apr 2  (no entry) Apr 3  Met Gail and Winnie and Art and we went to the park and played tennis in morn. Gails mother came riding out and watched us. Composed hymn … [Read more...]

1.88 Umpteenth Time

May 1952 • Sonora, California “For the umpteenth time, I don’t know why she left," my sixteen-year-old sister snapped. "No, I don’t know when we’ll see her again, no, I don’t know where she went and no, I don’t know if she’s coming back. Now don’t ask any more questions. Mom was gone, and … [Read more...]

1.89 Larry’s Diary, May 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) May 1  Art Daniel decided not to pledge. After, spent evening at Gingers alone. Girls at A Capella performance. At Mary B's early for Harmony May 2  Grammar School of County came to High School for play day. Saw show Three Godfathers. Took bath again May 3 … [Read more...]

1.90 Letter from Mom to Verda

May 1952 • Letter from Mother to her sister, Verda Monday, Las Vegas, Nevada 1952 Dear George and Verda, I don’t suppose Carl has let you know yet, his pride would keep him, but I have done it, burned all my bridges behind me. Don’t let George get any wild ideas about coming over here after … [Read more...]

1.91 Larry’s Diary, June 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Jun 1  Valerie Nash had me over for supper, sister Polly and mother and cats there. Baked cherry pies. Took her to see Snow White at Los Altos theatre and then coffee. Wore suit to St. Pats Jun 2  Looked through La Torre with Elaine in morn and Ginger in … [Read more...]