It’s been a goal of mine to get this book back online for a while now.
As I was looking over the files I noticed that Uncle Frank had written his editor’s note well over a decade ago, on my birthday no less, and I said: ‘No more waiting! Today is the day.’
I’ll be adding photos to accompany the text as time permits, so please bookmark this page and check back from time to time. Of course, if you have any images to share, or notice anything that needs correction, please let me know.
Darice Joy Pappalardo Pauselius
Daughter of Paul (Mary & Sal’s fourth child) and LisaJo
April 29, 2013
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This whole thing started when my sister Jean gave Mom a journal as a gift. Jean thought Mom might like to “jot things down” now and then. Mom decided to write her life story so that her family would have a permanent record. In typical Mom-fashion, she threw herself into this project, and filled four journals in about two months. Of course, each book had a table of contents and every page was numbered.
When the books were finished, someone had the bright idea that the story should be typed on a computer, so that neat-looking copies could be made and distributed to anyone who wanted one. My niece Gina and I were the only volunteers. Looking back, I realize that my mother is probably the best typist in our family, although she has very little computer experience. Why didn’t we just give Mom a computer and let her type her own d__n book?! Just kidding, Mom.
Gina typed one of the books in a couple of weeks. It only took me four years to type the other three. Thanks to Gina for her typing, and thanks to Michele for tolerating the hours that I spent in front of the computer. Most of all, thanks to you, Mom for giving us this treasure!
I’ve taken some editorial liberties with Mom’s original text. Most of the changes were made to eliminate redundancies and make the text more concise. I hope that I have improved the readability without sacrificing the flavor of the original writing. Of course the original journals are available if anyone wants to see them. As of this writing, most of the text has not been proofed, so if you find any errors, please contact me.
I hope you enjoy Mom’s story.
Frank S. Pappalardo
December 22, 1999