Wednesday, October 11, 2017

One of my earliest appearances in a newspaper

Perhaps my very first appearance in a newspaper (other than my name appearing in the BIRTHS section) is this article on Page E5 of the January 17, 1971, edition of Allentown, Pennsylvania's Sunday Call-Chronicle. It appears in the Social section, alongside articles with headlines such as "Easton Hospital Jr. Auxiliary Set for Benefit Ball Jan. 30" and "Miss Nederostek A Bride-Elect."

It details a trip that Dad's parents, Easton residents John and Olive, made to California to visit Little Baby Me, who had been born in December 1970 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, near Oceanside, California.

Here's the full article text:
John A. Ottos Enjoy California Travel, Reunions

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Otto, 1607 Liberty St., Wilson Borough, have returned from California where they met their new grandson, Christopher Adams Otto.

The baby, who was born Dec. 14, is the son of Mary Ingham Otto and J. Alan Otto, a marine corporal stationed at Camp Pendleton. Mrs. Otto is the daughter of Mrs. Helen Adams Ingham of Media, Pa., and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Adams of Wallingsford, Pa.

Besides visiting their family, the John Ottos toured Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and San Francisco. In Anaheim, they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Dold, formerly of Easton. Mr. Dold, now a supervisor of the Anaheim Dixie Cup plant, had worked with Mr. Otto at the Easton plant where he is a foreman.

They visited another former Easton couple, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Guzzo, whom they had not seen in 25 years.
One of those sentences contains two errors. It should read: "Mrs. Otto is the daughter of Mrs. Helen Adams Ingham of Media, Pa., and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Adams of Wallingford, Pa." Obviously, I was too young to copy-edit the story at that time.

Here's a photo of Mom, Dad and me during the same general time as this trip was taken. It was almost certainly snapped by one of my grandparents, but I'm not sure which side of the family. Note the groovy poster for The Endless Summer on the wall and the Christmas decoration atop the television.


  1. I remember when my grandparent's local paper used to announce that we came to visit them. Such different times. Your parents look like babies themselves here :)