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My High School Days

After 7 years of elementary school I entered high school in September 1939 and graduated in May 1941. At that time, South Carolina only required 4 years or a total of eleven years for all public schooling. My small town had a population of less than one thousand, with the high school enrollment of approximately 80 pupils. My graduating class had 16...

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The Telescope

One crisp November night, no moon, no cloud, no breeze, well, a slight chill in the air, high above our house in Pleasantville, New York, well away I once again focused my telescope on the star Deneb in the constellation Cygnus, The Swan. It rested high in the northwest sky, my favorite starting place for randomly wandering the late autumn heavens. On this night, in the exceptionally crystal-clear cold air I knew as never before that I was not only viewing, but totally...


My Father - Lewis George Honomichl

My father was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family had come from Czechoslovakia. Looking for better living, they moved to Wilson, Kansas. However, that was the time when the Dust Bowl attacked and the Depression came on. Somehow after he served time in France during World War I, he ended up in Iowa working on the Milwaukee Railroad as a freight conductor. My father and mother were married when they were in their early thirties. My father was a very precise and neat man. He...


After World War II

The whole world seemed to change after WWII. Most of us drew a sizable sigh of relief. In my family my 2 brothers came home — one from Europe and the army, and one from the navy. I had gotten married in March of ’44 to a naval officer — the captain of a PT boat who had been seriously wounded off the coast of Sicily in 1943 and sent home on a hospital ship. He was in St. Alban’s Hospital on Long Island for 8 long months and then expected to go to the Pacific, so we had a...


End Of World War II

During World War II, my wife attended New York University, living in a girls’ dormitory overlooking Washington Square. It was a three or four story building with an elevator. There was a single telephone in the lobby for all the girls. Whenever a call came for any of them, the elevator operator went up to their floor and shouted their name and “telephone.” Just think of how many phones would be in that dorm today. Many of the NYU students were already in the Army....


Our Founding Printers

In our schooling we all learned that Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin were key figures in the creation of the Declaration of Independence. But, do we know who printed the famous document? It was John Dunlap of Philadelpia and Mary Katherine Goddard of Baltimore. Consider the risk in their action. In a time when talking about independence, let alone printing a document about it, was considered an act of treason by England, both Dunlap and Goddard could...


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