Gas cost not all that’s changed

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - GLENN BRAUNER An­napo­lis, Mary­land

I re­mem­ber when gaso­line cost 12 cents per gal­lon (“Wash­ing­ton blame games: Democrats fault Trump for spike in gas prices,” Web, May 27). But a lot was dif­fer­ent in those days: There were five Wash­ing­ton news­pa­pers, two morn­ing and three evening. Four of them cost 5 cents for the daily and 10 cents for the Sun­day sec­tions. The fifth, The Wash­ing­ton Daily News, was smaller and cost 3 cents, with no Sun­day edi­tion.

A siz­able High’s ice-cream cone cost 5 cents, as did a hot dog from Jerry’s Fa­mous Hot Dogs in Col­mar Manor, Mary­land. My first car was a 1938 black four-door Chevro­let, which I pur­chased from the U.S. gov­ern­ment with a bid of $505. I be­lieve it had 8,000 miles on it when I bought it. It was the ve­hi­cle in which my new wife and I trav­eled to At­lantic City in June 1948 for “Hon­ey­moon Week.” Every­thing was half-price for new­ly­weds.

When I think of all the changes I’ve seen in my life­time, I won­der what my grand­chil­dren will see in theirs. I have writ­ten my fam­ily his­tory and mem­oirs, which have been dis­trib­uted to my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, and which pre­sum­ably will be passed down the line. Hope­fully my de­scen­dants will see what an in­ter­est­ing life I have led, in­clud­ing 23 months in the Army dur­ing World War II. (Ja­pan sur­ren­dered as I was com­plet­ing ad­vanced train­ing in Alabama.)

My only re­gret is that I lost my sweet­heart of nearly 70 years 27 months ago. There is some com­fort in that ev­ery­one re­mem­bers her as “a sweet lady.” I could not have asked for a bet­ter mate.

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