Our fraternity had a college counselor, a physical ed professor. He was lost when dealing with veterans. He kept his mouth shut and just listened.
One good thing comes of all this, we develop a non-veteran friend, Harry Freter.
Harry Freter arrives outside the college hall each Monday morning in a chauffeur driven limousine. He has just reached 20 as I recall and missed the war, something he genuinely regrets. The thing is he has a veteranâ€™s attitude towards life and college. He adopts us as his buddies.
We like him and make him one of our team.
His mother is married to an advertising agency executive. ( a Don Belding of Foote, Cone and Belding.) They live in a house on a hill in Beverly Hills.
We like each other and make a good team.
One weekend when Kay, my girl friend in Long Beach, has other obligations and I am at loose ends, I invite the two Harrys to join me in a visit to my uncleâ€™s cabin in Running Springs, near Arrowhead.
We climb in a car, I forget whose, and drive up the grade.
My uncle Dana has a typical mountain cabin there. Itâ€™s a home built affair with unpainted siding and wobbly doors. He still lives in Riverside and just uses it on rare weekends.
We arrive at the cabin, unload our case of beer and try the door.
Itâ€™s locked with a chain and a padlock looped through a U-bolt on the door. I pull it off and open the cabin door. I feel I can explain it later to my uncle.
We spend a happy half a day and have a good time trading war stories for the benefit of our young friend. We make it back to the campus in time for dinner in the cafeteria.
â€œThatâ€™s a nice cabin," says Harry Woods. "We'll have to do that again. You're sure itâ€™s OK with your uncle?â€
â€œPretty sure, but I'll make sure when I see
him tomorrow.â€ (It was.)
A month or so later Harry comes up with an idea.
"Letâ€™s invite the fraternity to your uncle's cabin for an
over night" beer bust'.â€ -------------------
(Editorâ€™s note: I seem to be missing what followed...this was the last of a 4 page section. If I donâ€™t find more, will start with the a new chapter next Sunday.)