25 January 2019

Published January 23, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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As always, please be considerate of your fellow Fictioneers and keep your stories to 100 words. (Title is not included in the word count.)  Many thanks. 

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I must make mention here, that in the going on 7 years I’ve hosted Friday Fictioneers, this is one of the few Ted actually sent for use as a prompt. Usually I just ‘borrow’ them (with express permission, of course. 😉 Thanks, Ted. 😀


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Genre: Historical Faction

Word Count: 100


“What’s so special about 1953?”   

            For one, Bob Wisoff bought his first car. A ’53 Chevrolet Bel Air.

            September 4, he and Evalyne welcomed their second child.  

            On the same date, West Indian native, Clothilda Jacobs delivered her 5th child, Lawrence. It was the twelfth day of New York’s longest recorded heatwave.

            The Chevy is long gone.

            Lawrence went on to delight audiences as Sweathog Freddy “Boom-Boom” Washington with a cocky grin and, “Hi there.”   

            Bob’s daughter, Rochelle, married and raised three sons. She still creates art, literature, and, occasionally, a bit of havoc.  

            It was a very good year.


137 comments on “25 January 2019

  • Lovely memories! I like your post. 1953 isn’t that far away for some of us but old history to some others. Just to show life keeps going at a fast pace and we’re only butterflies on this planet. Lovely. Thanks from France. (from threefoldtwenty dotcom)

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    • Dear Violet,

      This is one I had to keep slicing and dicing. I wanted to include more details about him but in digging it seems Lawrence Hilton is a private person. I was tickled to find out we were born on the exact same day. 😉
      Friday Fictioneers is my passion or I wouldn’t do it. I’ve learned a few things in 7 years. One is about reciprocation. Thank you so much.




  • Dear Rochelle,

    As far as I can tell, 1953 was a very good year, indeed! (And now I have that song playing in my head… no wait, it’s really playing here, thanks to your link 😉 )

    I must say, Freddie Boom-Boom Washington has aged as fabulously as you have!

    Shalom and Lotsa love,


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  • I don’t recognise one half of the equation, but I certainly can identify with the other. 🙂 Good take on the prompt. I don’t know of anyone with whom I share my birthday, apart from your husband. 🙂

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    • Dear Sandra,

      As with all those old shows and actors, we never know which ones reach the other side of the pond, do we? I googled my birthday on a whim and found that Mr. Hilton and I shared the same day. Who knew? Thank you re my story.




    • Dear Iain,

      You can find it on the internet. I looked for famous people born on Sept 4 and, voila! It was a vintage year. Too bad we don’t still have the car. In good condition it would be worth a fortune today. 😉 Thank you.



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  • Great story and photo. I always liked that tune. Frank was a dog, but man what a voice. That was his best period, I think.
    I’ve heard of “son of a gun,” meaning a baby that was conceived shipboard by some anonymous sailor between decks. Are you “daughter of Bel Aire?”
    Asking for a friend. 😉

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    • Dear Ronda,

      I was pretty excited to find that I shared THE day with a favorite person. The show was fun until Gabe Kaplan left. Then what was the point of ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’? Thank you.




    • Dear Kislaya,

      My parents had many cars after that one, but it’s the one I remember the most. 😉 I tend to form emotional attachments to things quite easily. Thank you for your comments on the rest of the story. I was pretty thrilled to find out I shared a birthday. 😀




  • Hi Rochelle. The photo prompt reminded me of a wreck halfway down the mountain here where I live and often wondered about it. What amazed me in Ted’s photo and in mine how the chrome on the bumpers or guards as you’d call it I think, remained shiny enough to see into, after so many years of the rest of it rusting away. Loved your ‘historical’ tale. I’ve linked and to Dverse as well using my own photo. Hope it’s okay.

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    • Dear Petru,

      Nice to see you here this week. In answer to the question…There’s no problem with inserting your own photo, however, for tie-in sake, it would be nice if you also included the prompt photo somewhere on the page. This is something many of us do all the time.

      Glad you liked my little story. 😀 Thank you.



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  • Dear Koko No-Go W(T)F,

    My first car was a ’54 Chevy. The bench seats were equivilant to full-size beds. Needless to say, my first girlfriend and I often visited our local drive-ins to not watch a movie.

    Several people who were born the same year as me (1955) went on to acheive fame and fortune, but none of them have a blog quite like mine. Eat your heart out Bill Gates and Bruce Willis.

    Paul Marcarelli

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    • Dear Paul Marcarelli,

      Can you hear me now?

      I remember the bench seats of the 53 Chevy. Although the only drive in movies I went to in that car were in my pj’s. I fell asleep through many a flick between my parents.

      I’m sure I heard Bruce Willis in a recent interview bemoaning the fact that he didn’t have a blog like Whatshisname with the singing dog in Fayetteville.

      Thank you for coming by. Don’t forget to put the speaker back on its stand before pulling away.

      Signed Juan Epstein’s Mother,

      Koko No-Go W(T)F

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  • Hi Rochelle I have dipped my toe in your pond as it were and Thank you for allowing me my attempt to match that Chevvy. it would have been worth a pretty penny if it had survived; well at least you have the memories. Not having honed the hundred for a while this was tough as I am sure yours was, we always need more if we were actually there; rather than drawing on imagination. Good stuff, as usual, thank you .

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    • Dear Marian,

      A year’s difference. 😉 I’d say you’re way ahead of me in the grandchildren department. 😀 Thank you.



      PS I still cannot get to your blog by the inLinkz. I was able to get there by clicking your name here. It’s definitely something on your end. I hope you can get that fixed. I like your writing and I’m sure others will too.


  • Fascinating stuff. Recently I’ve been dipping my toe into family history. I haven’t been able to find any really personal details about my ancestors, but even seeing names, addresses and family names is exciting. Love how you’ve connected all these 1953 events.

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    • Dear Margaret,

      I know what you mean. Growing up I didn’t think there was another Wisoff in the world other than my immediate family. Of course there were my dad’s sisters and mom, but I didn’t know anyone beyond that. Yet my dad came from a huge family…aunts, uncles, cousins. My grandfather had 7 siblings. So thanks to the magic of Facebook I’ve found other Wisoffs and we’re all related. Heady stuff.
      Thank you re my story.




      • That’s so good. My single name was Jones, and my father came from Wales. I think 50% of Welsh people must be Jones. It’s been really frustrating to find the right ancestral line. You’re lucky to have a not so common surname. One day I’m going to do the DNA thing and see where it leads.


  • !953? A fine vintage, ma’am! Enjoyed the detail about your dad’s Chevy. What a lovely image that is, too, your proud young parents with their first, shiny new car and their two little kids in the back. Imagining you a little older, your head out the window, hair blowing in the breeze! Gorgeous snapshot, Rochelle

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    • Hi John,

      First of all, the link you provided only came back to my dashboard page. Second, while I was able to get to your story by way of clicking your name this is the comment section for my story, you might not get very many reads. Third, I read your story. 448 words is over the top for a 100 word exercise. The point of the exercise is to cut through a lot of exposition and get to the meat of the story. It doesn’t mean you can’t link your story. You didn’t break any hard and fast rule…you used the prompt.
      If you add your STORY URL to the inLinkz http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=811783 others beside myself will see and read your post.
      Let me know if I can assist in any way.




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