On Friday, May 31, 1957, I graduated from Muscatine Junior College with a two-year Associate in Arts degree, and it took me until 1964 in fits and starts, mostly at night, to finish a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in mathematics at California State University at Northridge ("CSUN").
In Minneapolis on Thursday, May 30, 1957, Dale wrote, “Memorial Day. Two jet planes crashed near here and fell 20 blocks away. One pilot killed, nine civilians injured. Houses burned. They went right over our house before falling. I saw them.” The ‘death planes,’ as a May 31, 1957 Minneapolis Star reporter called them, were two of four F-9-F Panther Navy jets (above) doing ‘fly-overs’ at Sunset Memorial Park cemetery on St. Anthony Boulevard. Thousands of on-lookers, including Minnesota Governor Orville Freeman and Capt. Frank Gill, naval air station commander, attended the event.
In Minneapolis on Monday, May 29, 1961, Dale took the day off work and wrote, "Had my eyes tested, and 11,000 mile service on the Plymouth. To Twin City Federal about our sewer assessment, to Wards for a swim suit for Dalene, and bought linoleum for the kitchen.” Above: rolls of linoleum flooring.
In Minneapolis on Thursday, May 28, 1959, Dale took the day off work and wrote, "Dalene went on a picnic all day. Finished papering the living and dining rooms at 11 p.m.”
On Thursday, May 27, 1937, the newly completed Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, opened to pedestrian traffic. Vehicles began crossing the next day.
In Minneapolis on Monday, May 26, 1958, Dale wrote, “Rain in forenoon and at noon. Took Helen and Dalene downtown after work. Bought paint, also bought a blouse for Dinny. We had supper at a drive-in.”
In Minneapolis on Friday, May 25, 1956, Dale wrote, “Helen, Marie, and Susie visited at Ed Phillips where I’m working.” Dale’s sister Marie was Susan’s mother. Above: the bottling plant was at 2345 Kennedy Street, off Stinson Boulevard.
In Minneapolis on Friday, May 24, 1957, Dale wrote, “Nice day. Stan called to ask us to come to his Junior College graduation next Friday in Muscatine. Helen and I watched a late movie. Dalene went to a show.” Above: Muscatine Junior College in 1957.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, May 23, 1959, Dale wrote, "Beautiful day, in the 60s. Painted the buffet. Mother sent Dalene a 19 jewel Elgin wrist watch for her senior year in high school next year. Dalene mowed the lawn.”
Vacationing from Minneapolis in California with Helen on Sunday, May 22, 1966, Dale wrote, “Breakfast at Dalene’s apartment. Back to our motel to clean the car and load it for tomorrow - starting home. Took Dalene to supper at Norm’s, in Santa Monica. I had a steak. Visited Dalene and Vicki until 10 p.m. High today about 70°.” Vicki shared Dalene’s apartment. L-R above: Dalene, Vicki, unknown man poolside at the apartment building. Big hair was popular.