Memories of My Grandfather

One hundred and seven years ago today, my maternal grandfather, Ralph DeRicci, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Italian immigrants. When he passed away 12 years ago, I wrote a eulogy to read at his funeral. In honor of his birthday today, I’m reprinting it here. Memories of Ralph DeRicci 1914-2009 I rememberContinue reading “Memories of My Grandfather”

Throwback Thursday: Ancestral Portrait

It’s Thursday, and I have an old family portrait to share. This is my great, great aunt, just off the boat from Italy. No, actually, it is not. I lied. This is an old picture, but not quite that old. This is me, outfitted as one of my own ancestors! It was taken many yearsContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Ancestral Portrait”

Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I present a photo I found online, of a fire in May 1947 at a Pennsylvania state institution for the indigent. (It was also an asylum for the mentally ill at some point in its history.) I did not choose this photo at random. In fact, finding it really blewContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire”

Throwback Thursday: Sailor Suit

This Sunday is Father’s Day, so for Throwback Thursday, here’s a photo of my own father, from Easter 1943, when he had just turned four years old. Before the end of that year, his own father would be called up to fight in World War II. This one always surprises me a bit, in theContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Sailor Suit”