October 29th, 2021 by Gary Osberg

Forty nine years ago today, my son Erik Jon came into the world. I was supposed to be allowed into the delivery room at Mercy Hospital to witness the big event, but Marcia’s mother Irene, who was supposed to be the baby sitter for Erik’s older sister Kerry, had purchased a new car and she […]

October 22nd, 2021 by Gary Osberg

I spent a lot of my youth in Upsala, Minnesota.  At school there were “Farm Kids” and “Village Kids”.  Some were “summer kids”. They were kids who’s parent or parents grew up in Upsala and they were sent to Upsala to spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa during the summer.  Some stayed for a […]

October 15th, 2021 by Gary Osberg

During the sixties my dad worked as a night desk clerk at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. I was attending high school in Upsala. Every once in a while Ma would ship me down to spend some time with Dad. The first thing he would do is send me to the barber shop in […]

October 11th, 2021 by Gary Osberg

Today is homecoming in Upsala. In my day it was the Upsala `Cardinals’, but some time ago Upsala football merged with Swanville and now it is the USA (Upsala Swanville Area) `Patriots’.  I plan on being there in my letterman’s jacket.  I was an overweight freshman on the Upsala Cardinal football team in 1957. Freshmen […]

October 1st, 2021 by Gary Osberg

In October of 1956, Ma was 36 years old. Two months earlier she had given birth to her sixth child, a boy.  Our family of eight lived in a small house at 1620 Colorado Avenue in St. Louis Park.  Dad had just smashed up his third car in as many years.  Ma’s mother, Grandma Ramlo, […]