This book is a historical memoir, written by Richmond Roe Fowler,
for his friends and family. Roe was born June 24, 1906, in Marion,
Illinois, and died on January 7, 1998, in Fresno, California. Roe's
manuscript is a travelogue of his life and memories. The reader
will find that Roe can turn a normal story into a riotously funny
one as he relates early episodes of his childhood. In 1924, with
his Illini-Guide in hand, Roe enrolled in the University of
Illinois. In fourteen chapters, Roe gives a fascinating history of
college matriculation and football. It is here that he receives his
journalistic skill as a sports writer for the Daily-Illini and
graduates to the Chicago Tribune from 1928-1935 where he was the
assistant managing editor of seven Myers newspapers, plus a copy
writer in two Michigan Avenue advertising agencies. Roe talks about
the Great Depression, giving details of his sixteen hour days, five
days a week, schedule. Roe courted his wife during this time and
after six weeks of marriage, endured her tragic death in 1931. The
last half of Roe's handwritten manuscript was about his World War
II service. There was death, personal illness and military
punishment that were not always on the battle-field. These events
touched him deeply but, Roe turned his sadness into a war story
that is both engaging and humorous. Roe served 4 1/2 years in WWII
in the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces, going from private to major, on
General Eisenhower's G-5 Staff in Versailles and Frankfurt-am-Main
after V-E Day. What happened to Roe after WWII? A prologue was
compiled and edited by Marjorie M. Allen, BRC Printing owner, to
partially answer this question. Research revealed there were
several versions of Roe. After the war, he moved to California,
settling at first in Los Angeles. While there, he wrote and
composed for the movie industry. He also wrote technical materials
for corporate clients in aerospace, electronics and computers.
Without a wife or children, he moved to Fresno to be closer to his
nephew's family. In 1971, Roe retired from The Fresno Bee as a news
editor. At the age of 65, Roe joined Congressman Sisk's staff in
their Fresno office. He worked there for eight years and when Sisk
retired in 1979, so did Roe. Not one to be idle, Roe volunteered to
work for the local U.S. Probation office in their Senior Volunteer
program. Before Roe died, he commissioned BRC Printing to complete
and publish his memoir, My 91 Trips around the Sun from his
hand-written notes and private papers. Roe was an established poet
and a few short poems are sprinkled throughout his memoir. It was
my privilege to have known Roe during the seventeen years I owned
and operated BRC Printing in downtown Fresno. I'm a native
Californian, born in Coalinga in 1942, the oldest of four siblings.
I married Dave Allen in 1965 and we have two children and three
grandchildren. Life experiences over a span of forty years include
working as a library assistant; working for Turlock City Hall;
traveling to Germany to join my husband and where I worked for the
European Exchange System at the Giessen Army Depot; Stanislaus
State College; Modesto law office; Modesto Bee; owner and manager
of BRC Printing in Fresno for seventeen years; Western Camps, Inc;
MACC Records Management; 2000 Census; retired 2004 from State
Center Community College District in Fresno. As a retired freelance
writer, I researched and wrote the history of three Clovis schools
for their 50 Unified Years and, for my high school 50th reunion; I
did an anniversary memory book. Four of my veteran stories were
selected for Volume II of Stories of Service by Janice Stevens. For
two years, I wrote grants for Assistance League of Fresno for their
philanthropic projects. I have also published several memoir
articles. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are
interested in nostalgia or history stories, of a way of life, long
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