Forty years ago today, on 6-6-66, my family first left Boston for Los Angeles. It took us two weeks to drive across country, seeing such sights as Niagara Falls, Yellowstone Park, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rushmore along the way.
The picture at right would have been taken not long after settling into our new home, sometime in the late summer of 1966, just past my 5th birthday. I'm the little guy in the middle with the big white sunglasses. That's Sleeping Beauty's castle behind us, marking the location as Disneyland; the Happiest Place on Earth. I don't usually think much of that slogan, but on that day it probably was the happiest place for us.
We returned to Massachusetts 13 months later, in 1967, and moved back to California in 1974.
There may be some who are spooked by the numbers in this posting -- 6-6-66, 13 months, today's date of 6-6-06 -- but I don't put any magical importance to random dates on the calendar. However, just to be safe, I do have an important business meeting set up with a nun in a couple of hours.
Tags: memoir, Disneyland, 1966, 6-6-66, 6-6-06