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Happy Birthday?

December 7th was my Grandfather's birthday.  That year he was in early middle age.  My parents were living with them.  Dad had a job but times were tough.  They'd had cake and were watching the radio.  Yeah, radios were watched and the mind built the sets and surroundings for Fibber McGee and Molly and such.  Everyone could picture that closet.


Anyway, it was a Sunday evening and things and the cake made for comfort and family.  I was too young to have cake.  I might have got some mashed bananna — love me dat mashed b-nanner. And then a news bulletin came on.  Most people didn't know where the location even was.  Most minds pictured horror though and that the world had changed.  It seemed no more fathomable than planes flying into a skyscraper.  Days that will live in infamy.


Ford Island Naval Base During the attack

Battleship Row is near the top left of the island


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