tommy in venice 1973/1974

I recently scanned some old black-and-white photos of Tommy that were taken in the early 1970s, a number of which were taken in Venice. In the 1970’s my parents, Grandma Ida & Grandpa Bill Finhandler, were living at 122 Breeze Ave  in Venice. Breeze Ave  is not really an “avenue” but more of a sidewalk […]

grandpa phil marton’s career as a merchant marine officer

Recently I received an email request from my old school, the California Maritime Academy, asking me to send updated information about myself for the new edition of the school directory of graduates, which will be published soon. I updated my information as requested, but instead of sending a writeup about my own activities, I thought […]

point richmond, the long wharf, and walks with tommy

As I mentioned in a previous post, we moved to Point Richmond in the early 1970s, while I was working for Chevron. Our apartment at 521 Hillside Ave. was virtually adjacent to the Chevron refinery and Chevron’s Richmond Long Wharf, home port for the Chevron tanker fleet. The photo below shows a panoramic view of […]

grandma ida in 1926

Below is a photo of Tom’s Grandma Ida taken in about 1926. It’s a particularly poignant photo, from my perspective. My mom was always a dog lover, and she passed that sentiment along to her children. When my brother Fred and I were little, we had a dog, a cocker spaniel named Friskey, when we […]