Letters from you will make me a better writer, as the memories of others are precious too. Old friends here in Kokomo such as Walt Moss, Bill Smyser, John Palumbo and the Martinos owned places where they made their customer first in line. Those places always will be the keys that opened the door to later businesses that made this city a place to live.
When the mill closed down, Mr. Smyser called me and asked if I wanted to come to Sears to work. I spent more than 17 years there, working with a great bunch of good people. Walt Moss cut my hair from 1952 to 2001 and never once did he do a bad job of cutting my hair. He gave me my first crew cut and then he gave me my first flat top. As time went on, I had a great head of hair, but slowly it started to leave me. Walt never once ever laughed about it. And John there at Engels sold me the ring that I gave to my Ramona. Any time you saw these three men, you felt good afterward because they left you in smiles and great friendship.
Oh, what a memory to have. Oh, to be able to live those days again, but we know we can’t. But it still is fun to remember them.
Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.