Lee and Artis McClellan w/sister Betty(1929)
This picture of my mother and father and my older sister, Betty, is from the flapper era (1929). Mom’s hat is a clue.
Me around 1938
Springing foward a few years to the 1930s, I had my own “Red Ryder” BB rifle. It came with safety precautions which I confess I did not always follow.
My mom shot this picture of me in our snowy East Tennessee back yard. I’m guessing I was around 16.
Fast forward to the girls we knew. Wonder where Dot and Opal are now?
Cheyenne, Wyoming (circa 1951)
In the Air Force, on base we wore our uniforms, but
On a date (circa 1952)
when we would go off base to date the local girls, “civvies” were the clothes of choice. Most of the local girls’ parents did not want them to date military men. Their well-founded fear was that since we had no permanent roots in the community that we would love them and leave them. I never really knew what this Austin, Texas young woman told her parents about me. I never met them.
Neil--Johnny--Lonnie--Roland (circa 1952)
My recollection is that this group of fellow Lackland- based Airmen had just returned from Tijuana, Mexico when I shot this pic. It appears they were feeling no pain.
Victor White--Johnny Eckert (circa 1952)
Finally, let me introduce you to Victor(Vic) White who’s recent message inspired me to search my photo albums for these pics. The former Xerox executive is now retired in Denton, Texas. Neither Vic nor I have been able to find out whether the man on the right still is alive. He’s Johnny Eckert of Parkersburg, West Virginia.