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I am 73 and was born and raised in Old East Dallas between Fair Park (location of Cotton Bowl)and downtown. We could hear the roar of the crowd from the porch of our old homestead place during sporting events held in the Cotton Bowl. During football games there was always an onslaught of cars cruising the neighborhood for parking spots. So, at about 13-14,I began waving a sign offering parking space on the vacant lot of the homestead at one dollar a spot It was not unusual for customers to tell me "Keep the change" as I was handed a five, ten and an occasional 20-dollar bill. The Terry and Bank property fell to "Progress" when partly buried under the concrete of I-30 as it poured through Big D in the late 1960s-early 1970s.
After high school at Crozier Tech, then the oldest at that time and now closed, I volunteered for the draft at 18 for a two-year hitch in the Army. I was sworn in under a picture of my commander-in-chief, World War II hero Dwight D. Eisenhower, then in his first term as president of the United States. I was aired to Ft. Ord, California for classification and then aired to Ft. Knox, Kentucky for tank training. After boot camp and a train ride our platoon ended up at Brooklyn Army Terminal. We boarded a troop ship for a 14-day ocean cruise across the Atlantic and through the English Channel. After a brief stop in England we debarked at Bremerhaven, Germany. I was stationed at Gelnhausen, about 50 miles from Frankfurt. We had training at Vilsec and Graffenwohr where we had target practice firing our shoulder holster 45s and tank weapons: 90 millimeter gun,50 & 30 caliber machine guns, grease gun and carbine. Our only risk at combat came when placed on war alert after the Russians invaded Hungary in 1956. We were well-armed and ready for the task --- gung-ho ready to save the rebellious Hungarians from the mean invaders,the Russian bear. Eventually our fate was settled diplomatically in the name of peace although the opposite and disastrous fate of war was suffered by the Hungarian people.

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