Sweet and Sour Pie: A Wisconsin Boyhood by Dave Crehore

By Dave Crehore

As a tender boy, Dave Crehore moved together with his mom and dad from northern Ohio to the shipbuilding city of Manitowoc at the beaches of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan, the place the Germanic population punctuate their conversations with “enso,” the neighborhood radio station interrupts Beethoven for advertisements, and the outside are a wellspring of enlightenment.     Crehore’s tales of his early life in Nineteen Fifties Wisconsin are peppered with attractive characters and a quiet wit. A grouse-hunting day trip is going awry whilst an eccentric British businessman baggage an escaped bantam chicken with a touchdown web. Crehore's great-grandfather will get in difficulty one Christmas while he sneaks a whoopee-cushion less than a guest’s seat. The aged Frau Blau will get trapped in an outhouse by way of a shady auctioneer in the course of a farm sale. via all of the adventures—and misadventures—in a small city and within the nice outdoor of Wisconsin, relations is often on the middle. This lightly funny glance again at a baby-boomer’s awakening to maturity should be favored through participants of any generation.  Honorable point out, Kingery/Derleth publication size Nonfiction, Council for Wisconsin Writers Finalist, Humor, Midwest e-book Awards   

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Dad said. ” the chief laughed. “Viggle! ” Dad didn’t know it, but he had been given what might have been the first Rapala lures in North America, handmade in Finland by 35 The Viggle Years Lauri Rapala. Millions of fish that had never seen a balsa minnow were waiting, stupid and hungry, for the first Rapala to viggle by. But a foot of ice covered those fish at the time, and Dad left the lures on his desk at the shipyard until May. And then came a Saturday morning with no welding, shell plating, or tank tops to inspect.

We’d begin a recital of our holiday stories, adding details and correcting errors as we went along. After a dozen tellings, the stories became polished chapters of family folklore, with titles, quotes, and punch lines. 40 The Christmas When a Lot Happened The Crossing I don’t remember much about the Christmases of ’50 and ’51, except that they began and ended with two-day, five-hundred-mile drives from Manitowoc to Lorain and back again, through blizzards and snowdrifts that our bullet-nose Studebaker battled defiantly, its rear wheels spinning and flathead six whining.

I’ll get it,” Grandma said, rising from the table and fanning her face with her hand. She took a pie from the icebox—it had been in the cardboard box with the pierogis—and cut it into eight pieces, counting them with a fingertip to check her geometry. After the wrath of the pierogis, the pie was cool, sweet, and innocent. “Raisins, custard, and plum wodka,” Lizzy said. ” 53 The Christmas When a Lot Happened After the dishes were washed and the women had exchanged recipes and addresses, the Zoks asked for their coats.

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