I would like to share some material from my book, “Kneebockers,” which I completed and put on the market in January 2008.
Kneebockers: How does a young boy keep this name within his heart for over 50 years before he finally shares this with family and friends? On a fateful day in the spring of 1946, I’m sure that the good Lord gave me an opportunity to travel a new road in life.
My mom Laura was raising my older brother Bill, my younger brother Wes Jr., and I in Yonkers, N.Y., while my father, Wes Sr., was traveling during the war on important welding jobs.
Editor’s note: Chuck Blackburn’s column appears on the third Thursday of every month.
Rural America is who we are and where we live. It is so beautiful but sometimes very harsh. We seem to thrive on our ability to adapt from the good times to those times that are tragic.
Recent community challenges bring back the memories of events that occurred in 1964. The Good Friday tsunami of that year really tested this community in its ability to recover. Bill Stamps, Mr. KPOD Radio, set the tone with “Comeback Town U.S.A.” Every day he drove home his message to us all from his perch in good old KPOD.
I’m sure that none of us were thinking about the upcoming rainy season of 1964–65. The late fall started with cool, rainy weather in late November and early December. Snow at the higher levels was real common and quite deep. We hade a series of storms in the middle of December and the temperatures started to warm.