Category Archives: Christmas Memories

Grandma’s Christmas Garland

Grandma’s Christmas Garland I don’t remember my grandmother too well. She died one month  before my 9th birthday in 1960. She was a petite woman, barely 5 feet tall. She spoke very little English, and when she did, it was … Continue reading

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Recollections of a Little Hunky’s Christmas

As we all rush around busily preparing for Christmas celebrations, I believe it’s refreshing to take a moment or two to just relax and recall treasured memories about the holidays from your youth. Somewhat like a bowl of Christmas hard … Continue reading

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Kennywood’s Holiday Lights 2012

Well, I have returned from my trek to Duquesne! The weather was a bit dismal and not at all typical for this time of year. Virtually every day was rain-filled with only periodic periods of clearing. I had to cancel … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa – 1955

As we sit on the cusp of December today, I began researching Letters to Santa from The Duquesne Times. In previous post, I have posted letters from 1921, 1948, 1956 and 1957. The letters in this post are from 1955 … Continue reading

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When The Library Was New

С Рождеством and Happy New Year everyone! Well, it’s official. We have reached the close of the “Hunky Holiday Season.” Friday, January 06, 2012, is the Epiphany,  the 7th will be the Orthodox Russian Christmas, and the following day will be the day that … Continue reading

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Reflections of a Duquesne Hunky

As 2011 draws to a close, I’ve slipped into a rather “reflective” mood as one would expect. I have been writing and posting “The Duquesne Hunky” for over a year now. My first post was on 11-29-2010 when I declared … Continue reading

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The 12 Days of Our Hunky Christmas

After spending over 35 years as a retail manager, I have formed some rather strong opinions about the celebration of Christmas in the United States. Granted, I realize that I was party to the commercialization and the ensuing chaos that … Continue reading

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In Ol’ Duquesne


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I thought it would be fun to imagine for a moment, that I’m back in Duquesne for Christmas. It’s Monday, December 23, 1957. The temperature is an unseasonal 60° and that crisp cold air is missing. Fortunately, by Christmas Day on … Continue reading

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A Trip Back Home – December 2011

I had the most wonderful trip to Duquesne this week and last. It was all I expected and more. I was able to visit with family, reconnect with old friends, meet new friends and visit places that I haven’t been … Continue reading

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