Author Archives: Butch

Carol Lynne Thorpe

Seventy years ago today my big sister Carol Lynne Thorpe died. I never knew her. She died before I was even conceived. But I can’t help but wonder how the dynamic of our family would have been different with her … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon Vacation – 2017

Sunday, October 1st – Home to North Platte NE Packed and on our way by 8:10. Our first destination was North Platte, Nebraska. We had mostly sunshine mixed with threatening clouds and isolated sprinkles. Traveling was uneventful. We ate dinner … Continue reading

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Jeff Kragskow, 1948-2017 R.I.P.

When I went to college in 1966 I lived in Beyer House in Friley Hall. My roommate, Stan McAninch was from Indianola and quite a number of the guys in our house were from there too including Parker Swan. They … Continue reading

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Great Western Vacation – 2015

Once again, Karen did the hard work of recording our activities on this vacation 9/21 – Monday – Packed and ready to leave by 12:00. Listened to a Chet and Bernie novel, The Sound and the Furry on the way. … Continue reading

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2015 Washington DC Vacation – Part 2

July 30 Thursday – We had breakfast in the hotel, gassed up, and were on our way south by 10:30 am. The trip was pretty uneventful except for some minor traffic slow-downs. I drove so that Butch could navigate. We arrived … Continue reading

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2015 Washington DC Vacation – Part 1

Our Trip to Washington DC – Summer 2015 Karen was the official keeper of this account of our vacation. July 24 We dropped Ben off in Iowa City at about 5:30 and picked up Rachel and her bags. She spent … Continue reading

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The Belgium-Netherlands Adventure – Part 4

September 13, Saturday We had breakfast in the hotel again and paid for the stay in cash as requested, €630. We were a little worried about having that much money just laying around, but it turned out to be ok. … Continue reading

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The Belgium-Netherlands Adventure – Part 3

September 8, Monday, continued When we got to the station in Groningen we bought tickets from a helpful, but overly chatty agent. We thought we might miss our train he rambled on so long. After we got on the train … Continue reading

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The Belgium-Netherlands Adventure – Part 2

September 6, Saturday One of the things we like to do when we visit another country is to rent a car so we can see things in more inaccessable places. It allows us to see things that would not be … Continue reading

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The Belgium-Netherlands Adventure – Part 1

September 2, Tuesday We were all packed and ready when our friend Lynne Carlson arrived at 10:30 in the morning to take us to the airport. When we got there we had her take the documentary picture that we were … Continue reading

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