A Blast From the Past


Before and soon after I was born, my family lived in two tiny towns – Los Banos and Dos Palos, CA. 

My dad, in addition to being a CHP officer, had his own column in the newspaper - “The Red Fox”– kind of a “who was spotted where” humor column.  He acted in plays.  He emceed beauty contests.

He should have never left that town; he was never as fulfilled again.  Herb Caen of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote him a fan letter!

This ad was a real ad that ran in the local paper.  My dad, Monsieur Francois, was to be the “guest lingerie expert” and was to appear at the local lingerie sale to make it an “uplifting” experience.  He would also help you make selections “under his personal direction”, as he was expert in “handling the merchandise”.

We know, of course, that this kind of ad could never run today, even in jest, but it shows the kind of humor my dad had.  Bawdy.  Stupid.  And wonderfully childish.

And I miss it.


houndstooth said…
I'm giggling just thinking about it! Your dad must have been so much fun to grow up with!
rottrover said…
Bawdy, silly and self effacing. What fun!
Dana@Mid2Mod said…
How funny! You must have had a blast growing up with him.
The Thuglets said…
You made us laugh! What fun!

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Teehee! Now we know where you get your great sense of humour!

Have a wonderful day.
Dolores said…
Oh Barbara........ Your dad sounds like such a fun person!!!! I know you miss him so much..... and I can see why.
What wonderful memories of your dad!
What a wonderful ad and a joyful memory of your dad. I can see now where your clever sense of humor was cultivated. (Ps when my Dad retired as a fighter pilot my folks bought a dress shop and he told everyone he was going to be the bra fitter)

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