Monday, August 8, 2011
When I think back, the first five years after my coming to the US in 1962 were the ones when my life changed the most, as far as I can remember. First of all, I became independent in all aspects of my life. This might be the biggest change, as I had not been allowed to make ANY important decisions before. Also, economically I was suddenly my own support system. Fortunately I was young and naïve, and certainly knew very little that mattered. Optimistic thinking plus the situation at the time in the US made my life adjustment a very smooth one.
I bought my first car so I could drive to work. It was a 1956 Chevy 4-door sedan. The picture below was taken with the car in front of my rental house on the east side of Johnson City.
The gas was cheap, 22-25 cents a gallon, and they gave green stamps too! When you collected a certain number of green stamps, you could exchange them for various items in a green stamps catalog(see a typical page below), everything from a radio to a camera, and many other items you would like to have. It was a different time!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
While we were in New York, we went to several other popular places to visit, including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and, of course, Radio City Music Hall. I was impressed with the latter, but I do not have any good picture to show you here. Everything was new and strange, but I was very excited and tried to absorb everything without any pre-knowledge which might allow me to make a judgment if they were good or bad. I wanted to experience it all andthen I would decide later if they were worthy my time and money!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The Fair's theme was "Peace through Understanding," dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”. Frank Snodgrass of Johnson City and Richard from Venezuela joined me in New York City for one week in June, 1964. We stayed in an apartment rented with Sherman Tang’s help. It was truly fun, but Frank was really scared when we were outside the fair and in the city. I was impressed with the GE exhibit; it showed many electric conveniences for daily life. At that time, they were incredible! However, they would all be realized not too long after the show. It cost $2.50/day to get into the Fair, an expensive entrance ticket at the time. The apartment was located on North Broadway, near Colombia University, and the Fair was in Flushing. We learned to ride subway without much problem.
Taiwan had a very elaborate pavilion; it tried very hard to prove that it deserved to be supported by the world. The country was very poor then and was struggling. My father was a professor and also an administrator in a high position at Taida, but his monthly paycheck was smaller than mine, as a teaching assistant in the U.S. It was a very different world then!