Monday, August 23, 2010

Ups and Downs

Living in Winchester, KY during the 1950's and 60's had its ups and downs. Going up and down the stairs to the basement at 25 Vine Street was one. Getting up and down from the couch watching Superman, Twilight Zone, Perry Mason, and Alford Hitchcock on our black and white T.V. was another. Up and down from the bunk bed endlessly, day in and day out, night in and night out. Playing up and down Vine Street during those school free summer months was always another exciting one. Traveling up and down Broadway to Jackson Street to visit Mam maw and Pap paw was a favorite. Running up and down our neighbors fence line as those black dragons huffed, and puffed, and steamed their way into my memory was a ear full. Walking up and down High Street to Hickman Street school where the old junk yard offered many hours of activity was a creative one. Climbing up and down on the stockyard fences to get a good look at the passing cows, horses, sheep, and sometimes pigs was always a nose full. Sneaking up and down the steps to the third floor boys bathroom to check out the latest educational drawings on the wooden stalls was always an eye full. Moving my special cup up and down from the table and sharing the cinnamon toast as family stories were told, was a special one. On and on it goes, up and down it goes. Yes, my early life living in Winchester, KY certainly had its ups and downs. They filled my senses with wonder... my eyes, my nose, my ears, my touch, and even my taste.


  1. im trying to find an old friend of my dads that he served in the army with. I know his name is Jimmy Whelan and his father owned a junk yard in the 60's in Winchester ky. Could there be any possibility that the junk yard you speak of could have been his? Im trying to find Jimmy so my dad will feel at ease as he is getting dementia and would like to know what happened to him. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Sorry..wish I could help...this junk yard was behind a yet to be completed apartment building on Lexington Ave. just past High Street...there was an alley between Lex. and Broadway.