|They were not from Moline, but we have aged with them.|
We watched too much TV, our parents said, while watching TV.
I enjoy looking over the most watched for the week list in the left column, finding out which posts have suddenly gained attention. The all-time most viewed are at the bottom of the blog page.
Often one post will be viewed for the week because that person just passed away. My father used to read the Moline Dispatch and rattle the pages, saying in shock, "He was my classmate!"
I thought, long ago, some children and grandchildren might ask, "What was it like growing up in Moline? Did anyone famous come from there?"
The software that mapped the origin of readers often glowed for that spot called Hollywood, where we had three celebrities working or retired there.
I used to walk by the Bartlett Insurance Agency in downtown Moline, near Melo Cream. I never thought, "Maybe one will star on TV and be married to another star forever." No wait - "Maybe the family will build a beautiful addition on our new (in the 60s) high school."
Perhaps someone will win the Medal of Honor, someone I knew in school. No, too rare for that to happen.
|Downtown Moline in the 1950s. "Sir, Moline was a small town, as I have said, but there were those who loved her."|
|John Baker, Medal of Honor.|