Dick Day at 1965, NY World's Fair.
Photo by Don Lash
My Naval Reserve active duty ended July of 1965. I was still a reserve and was required to
fulfill my obligation by going to reserve meetings and our unit was activated two
weeks every year.
The Unit I belonged to in 1966 for the two week active duty went to Oceana. Virginia
Oceana , Virginia, was not that far from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My Navy friend Dick Day was a radio announcer in Harrisburg.
I decided to arrange a weekend meeting.
Our unit's people did not drive our cars up and meet at
Oceana - we flew as a group. How I got
to Harrisburg from Virginia I have no idea.
I know it was all planned.
In the barracks that we stayed at was one of the people that
did the janitor work that I had seen
before. I asked him was he from
Marietta. No. I asked him was this his first duty assignment. He said no, he was stationed in Lakehurst,
New Jersey, with a helicopter squadron.
BINGO! Then I remembered
him. Unfortunately, any name I asked
about he didn't know - he just didn't keep up with names and seemed uninterested
in people. However, on the same base I
ran into guy that was in our helo squadron that knew a lot of the same people I
knew..... he was a boisterous kind..... drats - It is hard to pump information
from that type too.... I think their favorite implied statement is "What
does that have to do with me?"
I got to Harrisburg and met up with Dick Day and his wife
Nancy and their daughter. Also in the
meetings was another Navy friend from Chicago, Don Lash. Don arrived shortly after I did. Dick and Nancy took us to a lobster house for
We stayed overnight in their guest bedroom, which was mostly a
storeroom in their basement. T he first
thing in the morning Don left. He had
plans in New York City.
I went to work with Dick in downtown Harrisburg. When we arrive the person that Dick was relieving showed us a tape he was working on that he was proud
On the weekend NBC Monitor domineered the programming. Dick
would check scores and the teletype and make notes and when Monitor would take
a break he went on the air and read off ball scores, weather, and anything of
Once or twice he said he had a guest with him and mentioned
my name and even asked me a question on the air - which caught me off guard,
but I said something that seemed to be appropriate.
Dick went on to make a name for himself with NBC News and
moved to the Washington, DC, area. When
I say made a name for himself, i mean literally, he change his name.
He started off as a page on a daily talk show and then a
tour guide for one of the big three networks, I forgot which one.
After we were married
Dick and Nancy visited us a couple of times.
One time when they visited Schatzi, our Schnauzer dog had puppies.
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