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Me at about age 12 with my dog, Teddy. Teddy was a Pomeranian mix

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Mom and Teddy on the porch of our Hamilton Ave apartment

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My brohter Jim and Teddy at home on Chambers Street

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Our Corner Grocery store J&R Foods at Chase & Chambers Sts. We lived in the apartment right above the store. That could be my Dad in the photo

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My brother Jim and me. I always was a sharp dresser. Notice my french cuff shirt, knit tie, pin-stripped pants and my belt buckled off to the side

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Me at about age 14 with Mom. I was never far from a camera. Here I'm holding my Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

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Jim and I often enjoyed a few sets of tennis together

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Mom bought this shinny new Chevy II and started driving again. She hadn't driven since she wrecked Dad's car, 'Buttercup,' some 20 years earlier

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My Ham radio station K8ARV
I earned my Novice FCC license at age 14 and my General Ticket within the year.
Receiver: Halicrafter's SX100 with a Heathkit Q Multiplier on top
Transmitter: Johnson Viking Ranger (75 watts)
Notice the high-speed telegraph key and microphone

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My first car was this sharp, black & white 1957 Chevy which I bought myself

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Me. High School Graduation

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My sister Donna. High School Graduation

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My brother Jim. High School Graduation

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The Cincinnati "Inclines"

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This is Mount Adams showing the Mt. Adams Incline. I was born here in 1940
The famous Rookwood Pottery (1880) still stands at the top of Mt. Adams (on the left)

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The Price Hill Incline. Inclines worked like a funicular

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The view from Mt. Adams. As a child I was petrified riding the inclines. Acrophobia!

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Fountain Square where I remember the RKO Palace movie theater and the Planters store with a big Mr. Peanut statue at the entrance. This photo is older than me but I couldn't find one from the 40's

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Union Terminal was one of the last great train stations built. Opening in 1933, This Art Deco style building is an iconic symbol of the city. Today it houses the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science and the Cinergy Children's Museum

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The Suspension Bridge - a prototype for the famous Brooklyn Bridge.\nIt was always fun to watch the barges on the Ohio River. Sometimes a Sunday ride would end somewhere where we could see the river

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About the bridge

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In 1896 the new Island Queen began carrying passengers between
Cincinnati's Public Landing and Coney Island

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Boarding the Island Queen at Cincinnati's Public Landing

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Four Island Queens served Coney Island over the next 50 years

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The entrance to Coney Island from the Ohio River

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Coney's swimming pool was said to be "the worlds largest recirculating pool"

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Going to Coney Island as a kid was a rare treat

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Acrophobia prevented me from partaking rides like this at Coney Island

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Lost River was commonly called the Tunnel of Love. I managed to take a couple girls on this ride regardless of my acrophobia

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Lake Como at Coney Island

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Going for a moonlight canoe ride on Lake Como after dinner at Moonlight Gardens was our idea of a romantic night

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Moonlight Gardens, Coney Island, Cincinnati was a great place to go dancing to the Big Bands or see Frank Sinatra

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Ault Park Pavillion
It was the place to go dancing on Friday nights. Always a live band
A strip of 10 dance tickets cost $1.00. Girls didn't pay so you got 5 dances for your buck!
Getting Lucky meant a moonlight kiss on top of the pavillion

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The lighted water fall between the stairs always added an air of romance to Ault Park

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My first plane ride was to the U.S. Air Force Base, Lackland, Texas, September 1961

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Basic Training. Look Ma. No stripes!

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Dress blues for graduation. Me - back row, third from the left

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Electronics, Biloxi, Mississippi. Me - back row, third from the left again

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B47 Bombers on the flight line. I was stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

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B47's were the world's first swept wing bomber and the first with out-rigger landing gear, which was necessary because of the thin wings. I was an ECM systems (Electronic CounterMeasures) Specialist and remember working on this plane #2135

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B47 JATO (Jet Assisted TakeOff). JATO was needed when a B47 was loaded with fuel pods and bombs. The JATO rack of small jets, behind the aft wheel well, was jetisoned after take off

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A B47 refueling in the air

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A KC97 refueling tanker

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The KC97's Refueling Boom.The operator laid on the ironing board in the pod and guided the boom into position by manuevering its tiny wings
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