The Boy from 30th Street

The Boy from 30th Street

by Marty Wildberger


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The Boy from 30th Street by Marty Wildberger

This is a series of light and mostly humorous vignettes that narrate incidents and activities in my life from birth till high school graduation. Included are: some purely legendary genealogy; how I got my name because I was expected to die momentarily at birth and had to be christened immediately; how I used my imagination and memories of fairy tales to read Nana the fine print in the newspaper; how, in the 1930s, my grandmother became Vice President of a small pharmaceutical firm; how I used the public library without supervision, much less guidance; how I survived grammar school and learned to outrun the bullies; how my boy scout patrol went to the Camporee on the street car; how I went to the 1939 World Fair in New York City and appeared on television; how I learned to dance and wrestle, not quite at the same time; how I sat on the fender as we drove down Charles St. and helped Roy tune his Model A Ford; how I ushered, took tickets, and ran the elevator in a downtown theater, so well that I was offered a job as assistant manager; how I carried a spear in Aida, a gun in Carmen, and hors d'oeuvres in Rigoletto; how I met my future wife at a high school debate; how I embarrassed the history teacher by winning a history contest; and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500991340
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2014
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

August Martin (Marty) Wildberger was born in Baltimore on November 1, 1930. After completing studies at Fordham University with a BS degree in mathematics, he worked briefly for the Martin Aircraft Company where he acquired his life long interest in computers and electronics. He served for 23 years in the U.S. Navy, first as a Combat Information Center Officer in Airborne Early Warning Aircraft, and then, after earning an MS degree in Mathematics from the US Naval Postgraduate School, as a specialist in Aerospace Engineering.
After retiring from the Navy in 1976 and after completing a Ph.D. degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC, he worked in academic positions and then in industry as Chief Computer Scientist for General Physics Corporation. He retired at 70 from the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA, and has since devoted himself to playing with grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as writing memoirs and poems.

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