Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It was another busy Summer!

As usual, the summer months were very busy for our family. The summer of 1982 was no exception.
As I wrote in an earlier blog, Janice's Father was very ill that summer and her Grandmother had also taken a turn for the worse. So we had decided to spend some time in Winchester, Massachusetts, in order to be of help to them and to Janice's Mother. While we were there, we decided to visit the Cape for a weekend with our kids. As you can see by the pictures below, they found the Cape's salt water in the bay very cold! (The water on the ocean side was even colder!) The following pictures were taken with two sisters who lived next door to Janice's parents in their Cape house.

In August, when we drove back to Tennessee, we stopped to visit the Tangs in Queens, New York. We stayed there for a few days to get to eat theirs special dishes! I posted some pictures of this visit, including the trip to the Statue of Liberty, on an earlier post. But the following pictures were not posted at that time.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Li Jing's visit

While I was teaching at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan,  Li Jing and her classmate Yaxi Shen were responsible for overseeing our children. One year later she came to visit us in Johnson City, during the summer of 1982. She was on her way to Graduate School at the State University of New York at Albany, and later completed her PhD at Cornell University. She eventually became an outstanding University Professor at Rutgers University. During the summer of 1982, she had quite a long visit with us. Our children still remembered her vividly and we had many places to show her in the area. We went to Watauga Lake and Roan Mountain. Certainly we also took her to the World's Fair in Knoxville (see the last picture). Since she was from the Hubei area, she knew how to play some of our "home" card games! The pictures below were taken during that visit!

Monday, July 10, 2017

!982 World's Fair

This World's Fair was held in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was known as the International Energy Exposition. As far as I know, Knoxville was the smallest city ever to hold a "Worlds  Fair". It had a sun sphere as the main symbol and as the main attraction. I took some pictures from a distance and they are  shown below. The first one was taken during the day time and the second at night during the fire-works.

The Fair was pretty well attended. There were approximately 11 million visitors during the three months of the summer. Both Janice and and I were there quite a number of times. The Civic Chorale went there to sing a concert once, but somehow I did not get a picture to remember the event! I do have some pictures which we took in front of the Chinese Exhibits. Below is one picture of Janice and myself - we certainly were very young looking!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Look what I got here!

Yesterday, Janice was cleaning out the garage where we had piled up everything we wanted to save but did not know what to do with, when we moved from Tennessee here to Delaware in 2006. She came upon an old newspaper clipping and some pictures of a few of my students, which had been posted in my office. It turned out that the newspaper clipping was the announcement of my becoming the Chairman of the Chemistry Department at ETSU in 1979. That was the beginning of the job which I held continuously for 22 years (which was a record at that institution). The pictures included one of Sharon Campbell, after she and Brian had their first child. I represented Sharon's family to give her away when she married Brian, just about a year before this picture was taken. The others, pictured below, were of Linda Adams (at the bottom), my first graduate student,  Tony Ellis, my first undergraduate research student, and Jenny Fox (in the middle), my master's thesis student whom I co-directed with my best friend in the department, Boris Franzus! There are a lot of memories behind these images!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Clara Jones

A Lutheran missionary, Miss Clara Jones, whom I met in Taiwan when I was sixteen years old and who became a very close friend, came to visit us in Johnson City. She must have been very happy to see that I had a nice family and and that I was the Choir Director at our Savior Lutheran Church. She stayed with us for a few days and had a chance to meet my pastor at the church, Pastor Lyerly, and his wife, Dotty, and their two children. Miss Jones had her picture taken in front of our church and had another one taken in our living room with his family. These pictures were hard to get because she lived in Minnesota and was not able to visit us very often.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Taotze and Sanlu

In my last blog, I talked about the time when Bill and Ann came to Tennessee for a visit. They were the first couple we got to know as friends in Illinois. Taotze was my Junior High School friend and, after he and Sunlu were married, we got to know them very well as a couple. This year, 1982, their family drove to visit us from Tallahassee, Florida, where Sanlu's sister lived. Her sister's family also came. This was right after Bill and Ann's visit! They had some car trouble in Ashville, NC, but the rest of our visit was great. We visited ETSU and quite a number of places nearby, including a local swimming pool. The last picture was taken with all the children in swimming gear (some underneath their clothes). The middle two pictures were taken at our home!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Bill and Ann Kass

We got to know Bill and Ann at the University of Illinois, where Bill was a Post-Doc under the same professor with whom I was working, Peter E. Yankwich. They moved to Arizona when they left Illinois, and we visited them there several times. When we drove from the east to the west coast, in order to catch a plane to fly to Taiwan, we would stop off in Arizona. In 1982, they came to visit us and we went to several local places, including Grand Father Mountain (three pictures below), Watauga Lake (one picture below), and, of course, the Smoky Mountains. We really enjoyed their visit as we had enjoyed their company when we were at Urbana in Illinois.