Author Fred H. Rohn grew up on Hurden Street in Hillside, New Jersey, a place that played a pivotal role in his upbringing.
From bike rides and street games in Hillside, to marriage and children in the town of Madison, Rohn shares his experiences of growing up during the Depression, attending college, serving in the Navy, embarking on a business career, and marrying his best friend and high school sweetheart.
Offering an important historical perspective on growing up in the twentieth century, this memoir shares what Rohn considers to be the factors of a fortunate life. Interspersed with photographs from past and present, he shows how one small life fits, as a microcosm, into the fabric of family, friends, and an ever-changing world environment.
In high school, I was the pianist in the school orchestra, had the male lead in the senior play, headed the National Honor Society and was an editor of our class yearbook. I also had a full time girlfriend, June Chadwick, who lived two city blocks away. When we were seniors we went somewhere each Friday and Saturday night. One of our best recurring dates was roller skate dancing at a local indoor rink, an activity that no longer exists. We had lots of friends and were very happy during these years. June and I seldom had an argument. She did complain, however, when I rode her home on my bicycle, that her "seat" on the bicycle bar was uncomfortable. But I don't ever remember her turning down a ride with me.
Fred H. Rohn was born, grew up, married, and raised a family in New Jersey. He is a husband, father, grandparent, accountant, author, and venture capital investor. He still enjoys living in Madison, New Jersey.