Open Session

| May 2006

What a guy - My niece in Los Angeles sent me an article about Arthur Winston, who celebrated his first day of retirement on his 100th birthday. The story seems so much like your upbeat kind of article. What a guy! I thought you might want to feature it in CAPPER'S. I always enjoy reading news like this, and I thought your readers would enjoy it, too. I enjoy reading CAPPER'S so very much - it's my kind of reading.

Stella Cichowski
Saginaw, Mich.

Editor's note: Thanks for telling us about this article, Stella. Great minds think alike, it seems; as it turns out, we were already preparing an item on this amazing man for publication. Interested readers can find it on page 21.

Nature boy - This is a photograph of my great-grandson, Brent, 5. He's the son of Carl and Becky Christensen, of Rochester, Minn. He is quite an outdoor child, loves to go fishing with his dad, and he isn't afraid of grasshoppers, spiders or the like.

Maxine Christensen
Exira, Iowa

Pajamas in public - When I read about the pajama fad in the April issue of CAPPER'S, I was reminded of wearing my pajamas in public more than 70 years ago. I was sure ahead of the times.

When I was in the second grade, we moved to the country, and that meant going to a one-room schoolhouse with one teacher who taught all eight grades. Games were played at recess to include everyone. To the teacher, everyone was important.

At the end of the school year, she planned a picnic at the river. On the morning of the picnic, it was chilly, so I put my pajamas on under my striped coverall. Remember them? They had buttons down the front and a drop seat. Before we ate lunch, a ballgame was started. One of the smaller girls backed up to catch the ball and stepped off the bank into the river. She was going down for the third time when a girl in the third grade jumped into the river - shoes, clothes and all. The older girl got the younger girl up to the shore where they were helped out.

Both girls were wet and cold, so all the children were giving them jackets. I told the teacher I had pajamas on under my coverall. She asked me if I would let the smaller girl wear my coverall. Of course, I did, and I spent the rest of the day in my pajamas.

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