December 22, 2008 |

I remember when...

On April 1, 1938 I was born at Saint Joseph Hospital on the South Side and raised on St. Paul Street across from the Monastery. My brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends live around South Side, Mount Oliver, Carrick and the extended Pittsburgh area.

I was married in Saint Michael's Church and went to school there.

To honor my Mother and Dad for Christmas I wish them eternal rest with the Lord and his Mother Mary. They rest in Saint Joseph Cemetery.

The Pittsburgh Press was bought for me on my birthday, April 1, 1938 by my dad, Gilbert Harry Lutz. He wanted me to have a keepsake of what was going on in the world that day.

The cost of the paper was three cents; movie star Bette Davis was paid $2,500 a week and Hoover was president.

Gimble's was in business, Frank & Seder was on the North Side, May-Stern's on Penn Avenue. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was playing at the Loew's Penn in Technicolor. Little Abner was a cartoon and you could shop at Giant Eagle.

The newspaper of 1938 has turned yellow here and there, but is very much readable. Thanks to my dad I can look back on how it was the day I was born 70 years ago. He would have been 100 years old on May 10.

Arlene Lutz Vietmeier

Mechanicsville, VA (formerly of South Side)

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