Back in 2007 I thought I’d like to write a “Family History”. Things got completely out-of-hand. Bernard Selling launched me into a writing style I enjoy and this blossomed into a conglomeration of stories that scattered all over the map. My “Family History” became a series of histories ranging from “Just Me” to “Adult Me” … Continue reading Edwin G. Roche
Prologue: ”We’ve been down to the river fishing lots of times. What could be the big deal if we went down in the winter”? It is a wintery Saturday afternoon in Fargo; not a bad day for North Dakota in January; a few degrees above “0”, dry and still; didn’t really feel all that cold … Continue reading It’s Winter, It’s Saturday – 1944
After 71/2 years in a Catholic Elementary school with the guys in beautiful downtown Fargo here I am in beautiful downtown Van Nuys, Calif. Girls? Well girls are something I cope with rather than BE with. There are a number of kids near my age in my new neighborhood but without a doubt but I’m … Continue reading Patty Brown is Going on Vacation
Prologue: “How can such an innocent request become soooo complicated?” It seems simple enough when the Squadron Commander calls me into his office and says, “Sgt. Roche, how about picking-up a mixed case of liquor for me while you are up in Gibraltar”? Hauling around a 60 pound case of liquor is not exactly … Continue reading Just a Case of Booze!
Prologue: “There’s a time for lunch and there’s a time for drinking. How did that get confused?” I went to work at RCA’s Westcoast Missile and Surface Radar Division the day after college graduation. As it turns out, RCA is in a hiring frenzy and a gaggle of us recent grads make up the majority … Continue reading Christmas at RCA