Category Archives: Syracuse University

Mind Probing Bob & Marge – Personal Interests

Time. Time and time again. What is time?  My dictionary first defines   time as a noun : the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole; when used differently time is a verb, … Continue reading

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Parting Words-May 1958

In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Juliet speaks the following famous words “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”  Of course, since we know the play, things do not turn out as she expected for either of them. May was the last month … Continue reading

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Wilson Cottage – Syracuse University

I have rambled  about myself with little concerning Marge. Now I try to remedy that as best I can. This is a copy of the cover letter Marge sent me after, what I thought, was a disastrous first real date, the disaster due … Continue reading

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Flee Flu

An old gag goes like this “I opened the door… and in flew Enza.” In 1957 an influenza pandemic struck. It flew in with a vengeance.  A description follows from the web site WWW.Flu.gov. “In February 1957, a new flu … Continue reading

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Simple But Not Plain

Once, particularly in the heyday of automobiles in this country, “America’s love affair with the car.” was a common phrase. Yes, an advertising cliché, but with some merit. Can you, can I, be in love with a car? I am not  anthropomorphic … Continue reading

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Experimenting With Drugs

I experimented with drugs while at Syracuse University. Yes, and I am proud of this.   This activity was an added benefit of working at the Infirmary. The Norwich Pharmaceutical Company started in 1887 in Norwich, NY and  exists today as … Continue reading

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The Meaning of a Classic

Early Fall had arrived to Syracuse in September 1957.  Roy and I had settled in to our room at the Infirmary, and were walking  on a Friday evening. We had left the infirmary on  Waverly, walked east and turned south on … Continue reading

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Infirmary Blues (?) Syracuse Style

Have you heard of the S.U. Infirmary? Recapping a bit, Roy and I roomed together at Watson in years 54-55.  I lived in G. Cleveland 55-56 and Roy took a year off.  We roomed again in G. Cleveland 56-57.  We lived in … Continue reading

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Hedwig Cmielewski – Summer 1957

 Hedwig Cmielewski and I, in the summer of ’57 worked at Saranac Inn, NY.   This place appeared in the last post so no sense in repeating that.  I was back in my old department at Saranac Inn and this year there was … Continue reading

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The Brownstein Incident Grover Cleveland – 1955

Before I write anything, let me state that I am not anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic or have any similar negative traits.  I was not going to write about the above, as it might be misconstrued as such.  The whole thing was just … Continue reading

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Back to Grover Cleveland 56-57

A friend in need. I hope you have had lots of friends, and if some were in need you helped.  Lets go back to the ending of the Spring semester at Syracuse.  A friend of mine, can’t remember his name … Continue reading

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Pummeled by Pumpkins -1955

New York, The Empire State. It was in the 1950’s and still is known that way, who knows why?  Wikipedia gives the following note on the subject: the U.S. State of New York has been known by many nicknames, the … Continue reading

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Remembering Grover Cleveland – 1

I stayed at the Grover Cleveland residence for men for two consecutive years so the following posts will be a conflation of those two years.  The first year for me was as a sophomore and I covered that last post. The second … Continue reading

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Ages and Stages – The “Hairy Arms”

“What in the name of God’s green earth is the Hairy Arms?  Well, the short form of the answer is the name of the place I lived in my Sophomore and Junior years in College.  It was a residence for … Continue reading

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Ages and Stages-Class of 1958

Here I am, in 1954, at Syracuse University, a green as grass Freshman.  How did you feel, hope for, etc. when you started?  How did I get here where the student population alone is greater than that of my home … Continue reading

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Ages and Stages-Chapter 1

I have finally come to that point of  thinking I have something to share again.  And as I often do, I begin with a snippet that resonates with me and my story.  This one is from the singer Glen Campbell. If … Continue reading

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Religon and Rocks

It is time to bring things up to date a bit.  In doing so I have to go back in time a bit. In 1960 we married and in 1970 had our 10th anniversary.  Both our parents had urged us to … Continue reading

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Yur Savoy

How about ordering a hot meatball sandwich with a side of fries for $.75, or a burger with lettuce, tomato, and a side of fries for $.50?  All that was once possible when I was attending Syracuse University.  Of course … Continue reading

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Bride – Child

Horses are beautiful animals.  How useful they were to the human race for travel, farming, hunting, making war, racing, etc. As a boy, I remember them still being used as work animals, primarily for plowing, harrowing and otherwise tending to … Continue reading

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Thoughts For Food

One need common to all is to eat. I awoke early this morning and found myself remembering long past eating experiences.  This post is  are about eating when we were attending Syracuse U.  Back then, there was a little Italian restaurant on Genesee … Continue reading

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It was the best of years, it was the worst of years – Episode 1

Whoa!! I think I am channeling Charles Dickens,what about that!!  This not a tale of Two Cities though, it is a Tale of Two People.  Specifically Margery and I. While this entire blog is about us, this post is not about … Continue reading

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Inside Margery Sutherland

“All happy families are alike – Every unhappy family if unhappy in its own way.” Wish I had thought of that but Tolstoy said it first. I believe our life together was sometimes one way, sometimes the other, and often … Continue reading

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Till death do us part

We married  in 1960. The service was conducted  by the chaplain of the S.U. chapel and as I recall the ending of the marriage vows finished with the phrase which is the subject of this post. This is then followed by … Continue reading

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1628 Old Vestal Road

  This is a Google image taken of the front of the house from the old Vestal Road as well as 3 snapshots taken last summer by Marge’s cousins.       Above are some recent photos of the house … Continue reading

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333 Snowdale Drive

  Our new home for a while is at 333 Snowdale Drive, Syracuse. This is actually in an area known as Seneca Knolls and the Seneca river is nearby. In 1962, State Fair Blvd. was the access road to Syracuse … Continue reading

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Big Changes

Our lives moved along on a rather routine trajectory until, I think, June of 1961. It was then that Marge learned that she was pregnant. This was welcome news, of course, but it was not part of our plan as … Continue reading

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New Dresses

We lived at the Smith Lane apartment through the winter. On quite cold weather, I would remove the battery from the car and take it inside. Then I would reinstall it before leaving in the morning. Just to be sure. … Continue reading

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Transitions and Traditions

As we get into the summer of 1960 we are slowly getting used to living together as a married couple. More complex than we imagined. Marge is getting more adept at cooking and we often go shopping together. The summer … Continue reading

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The Honeymooners

  A new decade is upon us.To Marge and I, the most significant event is our marriage in May. More on this later. Marge is in her second semester of her junior year. Next year she will not be a … Continue reading

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Autumn 1959

“I found this tonight and somehow I wanted you to know what it says.  It is very lovely. I love you very much. EBB says it much better than I can, although she spoke to a different “Robert” 1959 begins … Continue reading

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204 Cannon St.

After I completed Basic Training, I came back to Syracuse, of course. I stayed for a very short time at James and Lodi. Our old flat had been taken, but the landlady had a little one bedroom place that was … Continue reading

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Summer 1959

Nothing all that memorable this summer. I started work at Crucible Steel after I graduated. This was entirely new to me, as all I knew about the world of work was the work I did in the resorts. I knew … Continue reading

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Last Semester

I was, in spring 1959, approaching the moment of truth. I had two major decisions to make. One was getting a job, and the other what to do about my military obligation, as the draft was still in effect. The … Continue reading

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James and Lodi

  Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a large handsome brick home on the corner of James and Lodi streets in Syracuse. It might have been owned by the president of a local bank or someone like … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 1958

It was a dark and stormy night.  All right, not stormy, but certainly dark. Nothing too dramatic this term. Marge and I had become quite attached to each other and we often went for little drives just to be together. … Continue reading

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Lake Placid NY – 1958

Welcome to Lake Placid, NY home of two winter Olympics. Lake Placid is a really nice place in summer. Pleasant days and the evenings are usually cool enough to wear a light jacket. Winter’s a different story with below zero days even … Continue reading

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Graduation 1958

 Graduation day at Syracuse University for the class of 1958. ” We’re the Class of ’58, we’re the class that’s really great!!” as we were taught to chant at orientation in 1954.  A lot of bull to me, but it … Continue reading

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On The Beach

No, not the 1959 movie with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner, your own private beach.  ( Image from Wikipedia) Imagine, or better yet remember, the following scene:  You and a favorite friend are alone on a really remote lovely beach.  … Continue reading

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Sentimental Journey

There used to be a ballad with the name of Sentimental Journey. As in any journey it has to begin somewhere and, naturally, this begins on the campus of Syracuse University.  I enclose a plan map of S.U. that I … Continue reading

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Our First Big Date – Cinerama

Here it is, almost Valentine’s Day so I guess it’s appropriate to post a blog about the first date Marge and I had. Falling in love and all that.  In the late ’50s there was a rather cheesy song “Why … Continue reading

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Our First Date

Starving Student – Sounds very Dickensonian doesn’t it?  Well, not quite starving but actually enjoying my current living arrangement.  But wait, there’s more, as they used to say on TV.  If you were around in 1957 You may remember the … Continue reading

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