Charles Osgood goes back a few years before me, but I can still relate to his experiences of growing up in the 1940's. Although he did live through World War II, the problems that children confronted in his childhood were of a more innocent nature than what children must deal with today. Osgood enjoyed subjects like literature, poetry, and geography in school, and enjoyed playing games with friends involving initials of movie stars or geographical locations. Following the then minor Baltimore Orioles was another passion of his youth as was listening to programs on the radio where the size of the picture was limited only by your imagination. Sadly, geography, a favorite subject of Osgood's elementary school career is in sad decline in today's school systems. If you are of this era you will love this 139 page effort. If not, let Osgood take you back to decades past to a simpler time in America and the innocence of childhood. Let him take you back to a time when children had time to be a child.
Book was in large print which I didn't expect. I like the writing of Charles as he is a great story teller and a great communicator. Book was listed as very good condition and there were penvil markings throughout and the cover was dirty as well. I was able to clean it up fairly well. I.got it for my college professor who I still keep in touch with from back in the 70's!! He was a communications professor and a really good one too!
I didn't know Charles Osgood was growing up in Baltimore at the same time I did. His book, so well written, describes many of the same experiences I had at the time. We had our "black out curtains" and closed them when there was an air raid drill as did Osgood and his family. This book tells it like it was Victory Gardens, ration stamps and all. A delight to read.
I envy Charles Osgood. He saw and experienced a Baltimore I never did. The stork didn't drop me off in B'more until 1955. I had such a good time in seeing things I remembered from a different perspective. If it's possible, I loved my city just a bit more after reading this. Thanks for the memories and insights.
This delightful read, one year in the life of a 9-year old boy, may be the most enjoyable book I've read in years. And I read a lot of stuff. The year was 1942 and Charles Osgood describes it magnificently as lived by most of us the same age. I laughed with tears in my eyes on almost very page. This book should be enjoyed by the children and grandchildern of those of us that were children during that incredible year, 1942. Memory lane was never better documented. Enjoy.
Very much enjoyed Charles Osgood's book titled "Defending Baltimore against Enemy Attack...". It is an easy read of his memories growing up in Baltimore. Lots of history and interest. I too, am writing a book of my childhood, that also was founded in Baltimore.