Saturday, September 17, 2016


11am -  I am staying at my Uncle and Aunts home in Montecito. Right now, all three of us are at the YMCA.

As I  began to exercise, I realized that I had not posted to my blog. All that I had with me was little iPhone. Never before had I made a blog post only with my iPhone. But I have learned a great deal about using iPhones and  iPads on this trip. 

 So, how am I doing? 

12 noon - Family history
My Uncle Seymour is the most senior member of the family still living. I did not have the grasp when I was younger, to learn all that was possible to learn from my now departed family. I will not make that error again!

What happens now is, I ask Uncle Seymour a question, and out comes his gems of memories! Like a gift to me from God!!

3pm - Cousin Ellen
Uncle Seymour and Aunt Shirley have two children. Both Daughters. Karen, the oldest. Ellen, the youngest.

Uncle Seymour has been in business for himself since he was 25 years old. He and his partner, Del, founded Commercial Tool & Die Company in 1953. When daughter Ellen was old enough to have a job, Ellen worked in the shop's office doing job costing and bookkeeping.

Seymour's business evolved over the years into industrial real estate. Daughter Ellen and Mother [My Aunt Shirley] continued to do all the office work. In recent years, Aunt Shirley, now in her upper 80s, slowly did less and less of that work. And lovely Cousin Ellen, took up the slack!

Nowadays, Cousin Ellen arrives each and every Saturday and does all that is necessary to bring the books up to date.

Uncle Seymour, Aunt Shirley, Cousin Ellen
[In the home office]

6pm - Clementine's Steak House
Let me begin at the start of this evening. Then later, perhaps tomorrow during my train ride back to Guava Gardens, I'll get to the story I've titled:
"My destiny in view"

For supper, Uncle Seymour, Aunt Shirley and myself decided on:
Clementine's Steak House in Carpinteria. Clementine's turned out to be for me, one of the best restaurants ever!

My selection was a perfectly prepared Prime Rib. Sooooo good πŸ˜€.

8pm - Our family history
Uncle Seymour conceived of gathering our family's history about 2 decades ago. This decision of Seymour's, is of monumental importance to members of our family, past, present and future.

Almost every single person in our family whose life's activity contributed to that history, has departed. A few of our family had the foresight to record what happened. They too have departed. However, these family members with foresight, preserved for our posterity, what happened a long, long time ago.

There were times, I am sure, when that written history hung by the slenderest of of threads. One single family member, many years ago, came home from his work. He was bone tired. But did not rest, as he so much wanted to do! Instead, this tired man, sat his desk writing what he remembered about what went on recently in the family. He recorded events of Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, etc, etc.

After a few hours, too exhausted to do more, he gathered the documents he had written this evening, and carefully placed them into a carved wood box, for safe keeping. In that same wood box, were papers telling about births, deaths, marriages, careers. Far, far back in place and time.

Some years later, perhaps 50 years later, this same man who arrived home bone tired, talked with his Grandson who was then 18 years old. He told his Grandson of his hope that the family's history would be retained. He impressed on his Grandson that the history of the family is for us, a sacred duty. A most important thing!

And his Grandson took up that duty. Never failing. And many, many years later, my Uncle Seymour took up that duty. And today, I, George Sheldon Lehrer have taken up that duty. I may be, for our family, like "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper. I may turn out to be, at long last, the most critical link in the long line of our family history keepers.

Only time will tell . . . . .   .    .    .      .



  1. George, you are doing great!


    1. Walter Barsam! Oh my God!

      I don't believe that I have heard from you since you escorted me thru the station! πŸ˜€



  2. You are doing great George and thanks for the picture of Ventura fields, my old stomping grounds. Ventura Jr. College and then on to working at Port Hueneme Navel Base where I met my hubby (Seabee)!! I miss Calif. but I've heard it has changed a lot!! Hope you are having a nice trip!

    1. Hi Pat,

      Thank you sooooo much for your "Ventura" compliment!

      California is stil a most wonderful state. Please don't mention that info to any east end Americans. Mums the word! Don't wish to be inundated with great quantities of east end Americans!

      This is a fabulous trip for me. I'm operating on all 8 cylinders. Great time of life for me being close to Uncle Seymour and Aunt Shirley.

      Tioga George


  3. Oh the gems of memories from our elders are absolutely amazing, we treasure them.

    1. Hi OAT,

      Your comment says a mouthful! Thank you sooooo much! πŸ˜€

      Tioga George


  4. You might want to video him answering your questions and while he's reminiscing. I video taped my aunt talking about her childhood and I'm glad I did. Just a suggestion. You're doing great, George. Wish I could say the same about me, lol.

    1. Hi Judy,

      I agree. And I love your suggestion. Uncle Seymour is a unique person. Not into such ovation. Would not tolerate
      such a video.

      Too bad too. 😟

      Tioga George


  5. We videoed my father talking about his WW 2 experiences and it is treasure....just set the machine on record and talked to him, like you can do 1 on 1 with your Uncle.