Bob and Marj features the letters my grandparents wrote to each other in the early 1950s after he was drafted into service for the Korean War. My Opa (a.k.a. Bob) died when I was 7 years old so I don’t have many memories of him growing up. Oma (that’s Marj) lives on, but she never moved on. She kept his office in the attic of the house just as he left it for 20 years. As kids we were almost never allowed up. A few years ago, Oma moved into a nursing home, and with heavy hearts we cleaned out the house in which two generations of the family grew up. I choked back tears, often unsuccessfully, as we dismantled decades of memories. However, in the far corner of the office, Oma and Opa left a surprise that softened our sorrow. In a dusty cardboard box lay almost two hundred letters, almost seventy years old, still in their original envelopes.
There is no way to express what this wealth of new memories means to me, but this podcast is a start. The least I can do is share these letters with my family and the rest of the world.
Read all the comics Bob and Marj sent to each other this week of 2/11.
Marj is busy as a bee running innumerable errands and completing countless chores this weekend. But she also has time to play tennis, go out the St. Louis symphony with friends, and spend quality time with Bob’s parents and his brother Carl. Towards the end of the letter, she mentions she was surprised by Bob’s valentine. Maybe their relationship isn’t on as firm ground as one would think. She fittingly concludes with a symphony themed post-script joke.
Marj sends her Valentine’s Day card and a short letter. The Shrike turns out to be the best stage play she has ever seen, the plasterers finally finish their work on the house, and Harvey and Betty are coming back to visit in a few weeks.
Bob sends Marj a card and a pair of earrings for Valentine’s Day.
While everyone watches the Chuck Davey vs Kid Gavilan fight, Bob takes the opportunity to send Marj a flurry of updates. With his leave pass back in hand he goes down to Baltimore to see Stalag 17. The next night he makes it to Washington D.C. for a surprise lecture on the Tetons. However, Bob’s exciting, yet grueling, life at Aberdeen may be coming to a close as he seeks a transfer to Yuma Test Station. Not to be outdone by Marj, he ends the letter with a post script joke of his own.
Marj gets the car back in working order (hopefully), gets a day off from work to watch tv, and wistfully daydreams about mountain climbing. She also shows a rare glimpse of her naughty side with her post script joke.
Marj is still having trouble with her car. Despite multiple checkups it’s still leaking oil like crazy. In other news, a mini high school and college reunion materializes when she runs into some old classmates downtown.
Introducing the Sunday Funnies! Just like newspapers of old, every Sunday you can read the best cartoons Marj sent this week!