Wednesdays With Myron

Wednesdays With Myron – Changing Gears (1956)

Wednesdays With Myron – Changing Gears (1956)

In Okinawa, I made many enemies because I went into maintenance control with my own ideas. A major warned me that the men would punish me and he couldn’t protect me. He suggested I stay in the prop shop and I wouldn’t have any problems. So I opted for the trouble. I just never slept […]

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part IV

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part IV

I went to the public baths in Japan in gardens in separate houses. There were female attendants. I was often in Tokyo in the wintertime, and would walk to the bathhouse through the snow with little straw sandals in a light cotton kimono and nothing else. You took off your kimono and squatted down and […]

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part III

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part III

Kenji, one of the guards who had become a friend, invited me to his home, where I met his wife. He took me on walks through the exotic countryside. I was a kid from Portland, Maine, and there I was, being guided through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. These farmers became […]

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part II

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part II

During my time in Japan, I would go into the hangar and meet with all the Japanese guards. One of the perks of meeting them was that I had coffee. When the crews came back we had thermoses of hot coffee and lots of cream and milk and sugar. The guards didn’t like coffee particularly, […]

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part I

Wednesdays With Myron – Japan (1953-1956), Part I

Shortly after I arrived in Tokyo, my High Security Clearance let me reassign myself to the area where enlisted men, non-commissioned officers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains and majors were scheduling all the maintenance on the aircraft and writing the work orders to send to the engine man or propeller mechanics, hydraulics technician or whatever was needed. […]

Wednesdays With Myron – The Air Force (1953-1956), Part II: My Time in Alaska

Wednesdays With Myron – The Air Force (1953-1956), Part II: My Time in Alaska

Shortly after my Texas training, I was shipped to Fairbanks, Alaska for six months. Thankfully, I wasn’t on the hot stand. I was in the shop. The B-29 was a very large aircraft with a difficult propeller system. You had to have something sensitive enough to change the plane’s angle, but you couldn’t do it […]

Wednesdays With Myron – Early Years 1933-1952 Part II

Wednesdays With Myron – Early Years 1933-1952 Part II

My two best friends through high school came from middle-class families where their parents had been to good universities and were active in the intellectual activities in the community. When I was invited to their homes, I got an enormous amount of encouragement from their parents to pursue my art. While my father and mother […]

Wednesdays With Myron – Early Years 1933-1952 Part 1

Wednesdays With Myron – Early Years 1933-1952 Part 1

I was born in Portland, Maine in 1933. My earliest childhood memory is setting fire to a field with a magnifying glass when I was about 6 years old. I really thought the thing was going to race through the whole neighborhood, but I managed to stomp it out before anything terribly tragic happened. Still, […]