This past week, I had such a good time visiting with David in Portland and going through a box of G.I. Joe’s related photos that he had just found. David gave me yet more info for the book (and I thought I was finished!) and some photos that really fill in some gaps in regard to the store’s growth.
We also took a trip up to Longview, Washington, to visit with Bob Schlecht, Sr., who was a close friend of Dad’s from the 1950s till Dad’s passing. Bob and his wife, Lila, started Bob’s Surplus in 1947 and it has grown and changed into Bob’s Sporting Goods. When Bob retired, his son, Bobby, took over, and now Bobby is retiring and his son, Matt, has taken the helm.
It was great to walk through their store which reminded me so much of G.I. Joe’s. The biggest treat, however, was meeting Bob Schlecht, who is still going strong at 92 years old! Bob, Bobby, Matt, David and me all had a delightful visit over lunch, and I have come home recharged and ready to finish the last few chapters of “Growing Up…”
The photo shows David and me at Bob’s Sporting Goods, and I just couldn’t resist putting on a fuzzy hat…