Don Whitney - In His Own Words 


Don Whitney in his room that he grew up in, prior to getting married in 1947

Dad would have been 90 on Jan 18, 2015!

Here are some of my selected favorites excerpts:
 

Notes from Don's father
On being sent to Summer Camp
Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Glenn Miller
Asbury Park
The Old Howard Prank
Harvard Days / Remembering Jack Lemmon
On Being Committed to a Psychiatric Ward
The Totem Pole
Engagement to Jan
Starting at AO as an Apprentice Lens Designer
Why Dick was once named David

Dad and his 1957 photoshoot with Bettie Page
Dad recalls buying first (and only) home in 1947
Dad recalls moving to Southbridge, working at AO buying a house, etc. Added 1/6/11

Dad's Correspondance with Jack Lemmon
 

"Little Willie" Poems
Margaret Morrissey Identifies family poems

Cousin Bob and Whitney Relatives
Rev Jan 6, 2010

Dad and Ham Radio (1963 AO News Article)

Dad and the Pajama Bottom Story

Related Don Whitney Items of Interest

Dick Whitney - Autobiographical Stories

In the year before his death in July of 1998, Don Whitney wrote his autobiography. It covered from the time he was born in Jan 1925 up thru 1951. It is a collection of rememberances, funny stories, etc. that family and friends have found interesting. At his funeral, stories were read from this that had meaning to the family. Since that time, we have given out over 30 copies and continue to recieve requests for copies. Because of this, we decided to put the text and some of the stories on the web for more to enjoy.

Dads home at 47 Wyoming Road as it appeared when he lived there, and 2009 Image from Google!


A side view of 47 Wyoming Road where Dad grew up - 1954 photo with the Whitney cars in the driveway!


Sue and I on Dad's friends "Jungle Gym" in 1954


Dad (at very right) and his Wyoming Road friends in the 1930's  (see below)

Page 2-3 excerpt from Don Whitney Autobiography about Wyoming Road neighbors:

"The Pilsburys, Burts, Whites, and Whitneys were more than just neighbors; they were an extended family.  We kids were allowed to enter each otherís houses without even knocking.  The neighborhood mothers looked after all of the kids as if they were their own.  In the pre-school years, and during school vacations, the four boys were nearly inseparable.  During the Summer months, there were frequent neighborhood picnics, where the four families would get into their cars, drive to an appropriate location, spread out blankets, set up portable stoves, and have a feast.  The most popular location was the reservation atop Prospect Hill in Waltham; it was about a 15 minute ride, and using binoculars from the summit we could see each of our houses off in the distance.  Other popular picnicking locations included Purgatory Chasm in Whitinsville, Old Silver Beach near Falmouth, Castle Island adjacent to Boston Harbor, and the Nantasket and Revere Beaches.  I also remember an elaborate maze north of Waltham, which provided entertainment while the food was being prepared.

Walter Burt, Billís father, was a man of many talents.  He built an elaborate Jungle Gym, complete with a set of wooden boards which could be arranged so as to convert the Gym to a playhouse.  He built an enormous swing set, supported by two full sized telephone poles, which enabled us to swing to heights which challenged nearby two-story houses."


The Jungle Gyl was behind the Trellace (across the street from 47 Wyoming Road).
Here is my fathers Mother Marion, with my Mother Jan, Sister Sue and me in 1954.

Download Complete Don Whitney Autobiography (Zip file of 360 k, in PDF format)

Download text of Full Autobiography (rtf format)


Dad's Father Henry (nicknamed "Bumpy" by my sister Sue) enjoys a pipe on his front porch in 1954 photo;
the photo below ia another photo of my Granfather coming out the side door of 47 Wyoming Road in that same year.

Photos from Dad's Cousin Robert V. Whitney - 2009 link



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