- This was the year of the early retirement
offer at AT&T. Four of my former bosses
retired in 1989. So long to Gene Siegel, Erich
Weber, John Nowak and Ralph Roberts.
- I flew to Houston this April to honor a promise
made in 1966 to see my good friend Reginald
Smyth get a PhD in Psychology!
- I joined the Circumnavigations Club, a
club for people who have made a trip (or in my
case 2) around the world. Our motto is:
Through friendship, to leave this world a
little better than we found it. A modest,
but noble goal.
- On the same day the Berlin Wall was opened, I
received a letter from Herbert Pietsch, my
pen pal in East Berlin. Talk about timing! What a
tremendous sight on TV to see people reunited
with Loved Ones after 28 years. Although Im
not much of a shopper, I was totally fascinated
watching East Germans shop in West Berlin. Some
had never seen a banana. Next is
- This year I made 2 trips to Moscow. By
chance, I was in Moscow this summer during the
initial sessions of the new Parliament. What a
time! People were glued to televisions and
radios. Every minute of Parliament was broadcast.
Red Square was closed as insurance against
Chinese-style riots. No riots, but never before
had the people heard such ideas in public. It was
This summer on vacation, I visited San Diego and Palm
Springs and then Vi Smith in Albuquerque, New
Mexico. In Santa Fe, I arrived on the 20th anniversary of
the movie Easy Rider. I attended a special
showing and talked to Peter Fonda and Dennis
Hooper. The famous bike with the long chrome neck for
the front wheel was there too. A couple of Hippies also
made it. It was the biggest event that day in New Mexico.
- Thanks to Floyd Parrish for the
documentation showing that James Campbell,
our ancestor, fought in the American Revolution.
- Thanks to Maja Eriksson for documentation
showing, which ship Otto Peterson, took
from Sweden to America 120 years ago.
- Thanks to my first cousin Julie McKissack
for naming her first child, Christina,
(born 12/5/89) after our great great grandmother
- Thanks to my sixth cousin Jan Vegelius
from Sweden who will have many of us working on
Ottos family tree for a June 1990
All the best to you in the 1990s -- Don