1939 – 1947
I went to high school in Kingman, Kansas, about 25 miles from The Farm in St. Leo, as did my sister and brother. I boarded there and worked part time in a store owned by Mr. & Mrs. Payne. My diary of the time concentrates on after-school activities (remarkably, not too much interest in boys yet), with little mention of academics. Mother and Daddy came often to Kingman, and I went often to St.Leo. Throughout our young years, she paid strict attention to our schooling.
My high school graduation was May 22, 1944. I left right away for Wichita (State) University. I got a job immediately there working for a newspaper (the Wichita Eagle). My diary entries are about movies & soldiers, little about school. I remained tied to Mother’s apron strings, or perhaps she tied me to her. For instance, we mailed my dirty laundry back to Mother as a routine, and she washed it and mailed it back.
I began to dream of going to the University of Denver, and indeed I obtained Mother’s approval and transferred there in 1945 to pursue a degree in Fine Arts. By that time, I was interested in the subjects of a number of my courses. I participated in extracurricular activities such as the debate club, which is where I met Bob. I worked part time for the Denver Post.
There are various further bits of information about this period in my blog entries for 1939 – 1947.