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Summer of '49 Hot Dogs, Hot Tamales and No. Two Wash Tubs

Summer of '49
Hot Dogs, Hot Tamales and No. Two Wash Tubs

Author: Charlie Bothuell

13-Digit ISBN: 978-0-9710954-7-2 (Joshua Tree Publishing)

Specs: 6" x 9" Perfect Bound  236 Pages

Publication Date: February, 2006

Retail Price: $17.95

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This story is loosely woven, around the snap shots of one boy’s questionable memory of the summer of 1949. The story is about what the writer and his family did. Although there were probably a thousand black kids in all of the Saginaw Schools, there were a lot fewer eleven and twelve year olds. They all lived a different life, in different families, in the same town. And yet, they all shared and lived the same kind of life.

Most importantly, their families all agreed on what was right and wrong in a moral sense; whether they lived it or not. And everybody watched everybody’s children in Saginaw, Michigan.
The skeleton of the story is real. The fabric or fill in part of the story is mostly fiction. So, this is going to be my story. And I truly hope you like it. This is what I remember and how much, I loved hot dogs and hot tamales and bar-b-que, cooked on number two wash tubs in the “Summer of ’49.”

Author Charlie Bothuell

Retiring as an automotive engineer from Ford Motor Company and moving to Las Vegas,Charlie Bothuell was faced with the freedom to do all of those things he said he would do if he didn’t have to work.

So he started by writing a book. His first book is a collection of stories about his childhood and family.

He grew up in a small Midwestern town, Saginaw, Michigan, during the forties and fifties. Always being curious and an observer, he was often told that he was always trying to see what was on the other side of the next mountain. And after leaving his home town, he did manage to peek over a few hills.