A harrowing encounter at Harpers Ferry, unexpected expenses, and justly punctured pride.
RGH wanted to quit his music instruction. So did his teacher.
Sometimes it just makes sense to bleed in the living room.
Why RGH’s aunt had such eccentric decor.
It was the only dorm in which every resident was suspended. Literally.
RGH examines the military record of his great-great grandfather.
What do Bugs Bunny, taking a bath, and a precocious vocabulary have in common?
That sinking feeling when you fear you’re about to die.
It takes a prison to make RGH play left field.
Incompetence in the kitchen.
Very early RGH work. Under a pseudonym, of course.
From instant fame to humiliating failure, all in one month.
Crude. Irreverent. Sexist. Riding in his trash truck was the best part of RGH’s summer job.
Sweltering Memphis, blazing Las Vegas, and a doomed Easter Bunny.
Lawn maintenance, the necessary evil.
Be careful what you promise your children.
Chicago, 1952. Starring RGH’s parents as the naive newlyweds.
Brother Brian’s torment, RGH’s pianistic glory.
RGH’s recurring dreams.
Some plastic darts, a little imagination, and a cardboard city.
A humbling reckoning on the Outer Banks.
When the family pet is a lethal predator.
A tribute from another time.
How to invent profanity.
On safari in Ohio.
An adolescent’s bold plan to acquire an issue of Playboy.
The playset conundrum: Mego Star Trek or Mego Planet of the Apes?
Past participants reflect on a bygone tradition.
When the M stood for music.
At ease in the absence of light.
Finding meta-amusement in the unlikeliest places.
Prestidigitation, the introverted boy’s rite of passage.
Freedom on a recumbent three-wheeler.
For RGH, the lunch break was just as trying as the rest of the school day.
Intimidation, mind games, and cut-throat Intellevision competition.
Father-and-son heaven at the end of our street.
Rediscovering the heart of a taciturn grandfather.
Did RGH really take a dive in the school spelling bee?
Heaven was a quarter in the age of the five-ball pinball machine.
The dissolution of a teenage songwriting partnership.