WLS Radio and Sears Roebuck

What is the connection between the famed Chicago radio station – WLS – and Sears Roebuck? In 1924, WLS began life as a promotional tool for Sears. In fact, WLS stands for “World’s Largest Store.” On April 9, 1924, Sears own radio station...

Portsmouth, Virginia: My Home Town

My parents moved to Portsmouth in 1954, so that my father could start his new job at Skippy Peanut Butter. Their first home was on Gladstone Avenue in Park Manor. (Seems apropos, as one of my favorite Sears Homes is The Gladstone.) In 1957, they moved to Waterview....

Growing Up in Waterview (Portsmouth)

In 1953, my father took a job at Skippy Peanut Butter in downtown Portsmouth, necessitating a move from their home (and family)in California to Virginia. They rented homes in Park Manor and then in Shea Terrace, and then they decided it was time to buy a home of their...

My Favorite Father Story

Several years ago, when my father was in his mid-80s, we visited an attorney and had some legal papers drawn up. Before signing the documents, the attorney talked about the need to confirm that my father was “of sound mind.” My father was of sound mind,...

Dad

Despite my personal commitment to post something at this blog each day, I’ve fallen short. In June, we moved my elderly father (91 and counting), into an assisted living facility here in Portsmouth. I’d hoped that ONCE he got into assisted living, my...