On June 9, 1976, I started Air Force basic training. On June 9, 1980, I started classes at Southern Illinois University. On June 9, 1989, I arrived in Japan to teach English. Today I published The Panama Affair. Coincidence? I don’t think so. After almost two years of writing and revising and then writing and […]
Here’s a real photographic blast from the past for you! Bud Tristano, this guy I was stationed with at Howard Air Force Base back in 1978 sent this photo to me the other day of us standing next to Miraflores Locks on the Pacific side of the canal. Thanks for the photo Bud!
It is always so cool when something I’ve blogged about—especially an essay about the time I was stationed in Panama or growing up in the Illinois Valley—generates some comments or reconnects me with people from those periods of my life or places I’ve lived or visited. Today it was someone coming across a blog I […]
I hadn’t given much thought to getting a tattoo when I joined the Air Force but when I got to Howard Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone in September 1976, my first duty station, I had a change of heart: three months later I was ready to be inked. What brought about this […]
On the day of my big date with Lily I threw on the best shirt I owned, splashed on some Mon Triomphe (it was either that or my roommate’s Old Spice), “dragged a comb across my head” and like the song also goes “made the bus in seconds flat”—but even if I didn’t, another one […]
Let’s look at the scorecard thus far. It’s 1976. I graduated from high school on June 3; six days later I was at Lackland Air Force Base doing my basic military training. On July 4, we could stay up past 9:00pm to celebrate our Bicentennial. From our barracks’ windows we could see a fireworks display. Happy […]
I had been at Howard Air Force Base for just a little over a month before my friend Howard Hakkila arrived. It was great to see him again and we quickly started hanging out and having fun when we were not working. One of the first outings that Howard and I went on was to […]