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Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: “First Real Job”

One day I had a bright idea to make a shoe shine box. Tom's Barber Shop was on the corner and the Murray Family...

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: Softball

My best friend Tom Erdman, who lived down my block, and I were playing softball in the street with John Welter at his house...

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: Family Business

My dad played cards with a man by the name of Carlton Klein who owned the Perma Bench Company, an outdoor advertising bus bench...

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: The Art of Lettering

My first job as a sign painter was at Wally Sign Company when I was fifteen years old. I started out as the shop...

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: “Going rate”

When I earned a quarter, I rode my bike to the Acme drugstore at South and Spencer streets and bought a vanilla milkshake to...

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: Hand-me-downs

My parents’ house payment was $52 a month back in the '50s. We had nothing, and there were no extras; we had one pair...

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: Paper Deliveries

Every day after school I would ride my bike to the Blade station at Carlton and Spencer Street. I learned the art of pitching...

Memoirs of a Toledo Childhood: “Someday I Will Own It”

In 1977, I bought my dream house at 2210 Robinwood Avenue in the Historic Old West End. I first spotted this home when I...

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