Warren Domke

Seven decades ago—World War II industrial production

A s we remember DDay, 75 years ago, we remember the war it helped end. World War II began in the Autumn of 1939 when Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland. The western European Allies, principally Britain and France, responded by going to war. The United States would not formally join the conflict until December 1941. The United […]

A house—a home

Years ago, when I was still in my twenties, I would sometimes recall all the places I had lived that I could remember. An attic apartment in Chicago with my parents and sister, still a baby at that time. There was a two-story duplex, also in Chicago, with my mother, father, sister and grandfather, and my favorite aunt. And then […]

Writer’s block? What writer’s block?

Most writers have experienced writer’s block at one time or another. You have a deadline to meet and you can’t think of a single thing to say. Or you have a dozen topics and you don’t like any of them. Or you’ve written something that sounded good and you hate it now. In my 78 years a lot has happened. […]

Getting along without Internet

We get used to modern amenities and wonder what it would be like to get along without them. These days modern amenities have to include Internet. I recently spent a week and a half without Internet at home, and it was harder in some ways than getting along without electricity. Or was it? Years ago, when I was a pre-teen, […]

Remembering my mother

We all have mothers and we have very warm feelings toward them. And we all have stories to tell about them. Those of us who are fortunate enough to still have them around should appreciate them every day, because they—like us—don’t live forever. My Mom, Estelle Stossel Domke, was one of seven children born to a Polish immigrant family that […]

Me, my dad and my crystal set…

I was eight or nine years old, a Cub Scout, doing achievements as part of my progression in Scouting. In one achievement we were supposed to build a crystal set. If you don’t know what a crystal set is, lots of people have never heard of them. A crystal set is a type of primitive radio receiver. They were popular […]

I remember my Father and how he died

Most of my columns are on the lighter side, which is where most of my thoughts are. This one is an exception that I hope most of our readers will appreciate. This is about my father. He was a man of principle, a good worker and an entrepreneur. He died too young, of a disease that is the other subject […]

The Final 4-Star Bob Hope Christmas Special

It was sometime late in the year 1992 that we at Kelly Air Force Base were alerted to the fact that our base would host the Bob Hope Christmas Special that year. As long as I could remember, the Bob Hope Christmas Special was one of the highlights of every Christmas season, featuring comedy routines, musical entertainment and plenty of […]

Phonograph records? What’s a phonograph?

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m kind of old. Old enough to remember things young people haven’t even heard of, like phonograph records and especially the old Victrola phonograph, or “talking machine.” Living in Chicago our main home entertainment in the middle 1940s was the radio, usually a console radio. But my Wyoming grandparents had a Victrola, and it was the […]

We are Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart

People ask me where I get the ideas for my columns and especially where I get the titles. Sometimes they just pop into my head, but this one was on a bumper sticker—or was it on a T-Shirt? More or less the same difference. Pearls of wisdom are found in the strangest “oyster shells.” “We are too soon old and […]

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