Pictures of me growing up in the Ward 1 section (The Flats), in Holyoke MA. located in the western part of the State of MA. This was just like living in the TV series ( Happy Days ) because of the trust and respect that people had for each other. Women using public transportation could come home from work as late as 11pm and have no fear of being attacked or assaulted. Today, that prospect is gone, there is no safety walking those streets after dark. There is even some danger walking that area in broad daylight.
Now moving on to another phase of my life in the US Naval Reserve. I joined the Navy Reserve in December 1949 and was honorably discharged 5 years later. I was called to active duty in early 1952 and I did my 12 weeks of boot camp training in Bainbridge, Maryland. After a 14 day leave, I was sent to Norfolk VA. to wait for a billit on a destroyer. After waiting six weeks, I was assigned to a Destroyer the USS Furse DDR 882 a Radar Picket Ship. I remained on board for 2 years and was released from active duty and returned to civilian life. Something I sometimes regret.
.Moving on to a later stage in my life, after my divorce in 1967, a friend introduced me to a single parent organization called " Parents Without Partners " . I joined the Springfield Chapter In 1973 and after 5 years I was voted in as the VP, and 2 years later elected President, followed by my election as Regional Council President 2 years after that, and finally voted in as the International Director for the New England States in 1986. During this time I also became a disc jockey for 6 years and in that time worked for many of the P.W.P dances. Listed below are some pictures of functions and events that the Springfield Chapter 82 presented. In 1989 I resigned my position and married a wonderful woman name Geraldine from Chicopee MA.