From the Fortress of Solitude
Overlooking the Valley of the Pleasant Grove
Today takes us back to 2214 38th Street, Rapid City South Dakota.
We had an old rickety swing set in the back yard. It was rarely used because none of us could trust the chains holding the swing to the bar. It just sort of sat back there giving the neighbors the appearance we had some semblance of play in our lives. What the swing set really did was hid the area behind. That was where we dumped all the lawn clippings. It was also were we kept the old beat up and rusted trash cans.
In this picture you've got Janice on the left, Jilane standing next to her and Jon holding Lisa trusting the swing. Kevin standing on the ladder - not an easy thing to do considering. I'm guessing this was taken around 1975 with my white Polaroid Swinger Instant Camera.
This picture was taken from our home's front porch looking across 38th Street at our neighbor's home (The Rich Family). You'll see our two Rambler Station Wagons parked. My car (Mabell) is furtherst away. The Brown 'nice' family car is closest. Dad kept that car looking good - as he did all his cars.
This is the family's official Christmas Picture sent to me while I was on my mission in 1977.
Grandma Mattson (mom's mom) is on the left. Mom is next holding Forrest DelGrosso. Grandpa Liessman is next. Kim is sitting next to Grandpa. Grandma Liessman is next. Dad is in front of Grandma holding little Brandon.