On Friday, June 30, 1950, Helen’s oldest brother Lloyd Schaffer (above as a young man) and his wife Chloe and daughter Marian arrived in Muscatine to spend the night. Dale had the next two weeks off for vacation.
In Minneapolis on Saturday, June 29, 1968, Dale wrote, "Stan and Judy packed all morning. Left for New Jersey at 2 p.m. Beautiful day, high 81°. Shopping at Spartan’s and Target. Bought a wedding present for Mac and Wilma.” Helen’s sister Wilma would marry Charles ‘Mac’ McFarland July 3. Judy and I had rented a house at 145 North Euclid Avenue in Westfield, New Jersey (above). It was a good location, backing up to a park and walking distance to downtown where I could take a train or bus into Manhattan. I had started working as a consultant at The Diebold Group, 430 Park Avenue, in New York City.
On Tuesday, June 28, 1960, Stan, Judy, Jeff, and Dalene arrived at Dale and Helen’s Minneapolis house from Santa Monica (where Dalene had vacationed ten days). A major benefit for Stan working at System Development Corporation was employees who took their month’s vacation all at one time got a “sabbatical” bonus of 5% of their annual salary. The company logo, above, was a hyperbolic paraboloid, nicknamed the “flying diaper.”
In Minneapolis on Friday, June 27, 1958, Dale wrote, “High 80°, fine day. Bought Stan’s Chevy (15,000 miles on Chevy). Took Helen to the library and store. Left the Dodge at the Shell station for a check-up. Dalene went to a show with Sharon.” Dad and I swapped cars - my 1957 Chevy for his 1948 Dodge - and I had no more car payments. Sharon was a friend of Dalene’s.
In Osceola on Thursday, June 26, 1969, Dale wrote, "Over 1 inch of rain and high winds and thunder and lightning today. Helen and I started to Des Moines but turned back.”
In Minneapolis on Tuesday, June 25, 1957, I went to General Mills for a second interview for that lab technician job (see June 21).
After work in Muscatine on Tuesday, June 24, 1952, Dale took Dalene and me to see a carnival at the river front, and to Weed Park.
In Minneapolis on Monday, June 23, 1958, Dale wrote, “Heavy rain in afternoon. High 74°. Letter from Mother. Dalene and Diana went to a show at night. Stan went on a date.” Diana was a friend of Dalene’s.
In Minneapolis on Friday, June 21, 1957, I went to General Mills for a job interview for lab technician in their Radiation Physics Laboratory. They hired me a month later. At that time, I wanted to be a physicist when I grew up, so it seemed like a fit to me. Above: a cobalt-60 facility similar to the one I worked with, showing the eerie blue Cherenkov radiation of charged particles interacting with water molecules.