In the Fall of 1951, settling into the Puente Hills, we felt we were in Raymond Chandler California. We loved the seclusion of the avocado ranch; I liked my job. Joan was pregnant with Ellen who would be born in March of 1952.

My mother and sisters were all now in California. My Orange (New Jersey) High School friend Warren Smith lived nearby in Whittier. Smitty and I had roomed together when I went to UCLA.

We had visitors:

My mom Kate
My sister Carolyn and her little girl Kim<
Smitty and his wife Betty and their automobile

Remember when automobiles had real bumpers?


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