McGovern’s and the Den were on route 114 heading out by the Den Rock Drive-in Theater. As typical insane teenagers from the 60’s we used to drag race out in front of McGovern’s. My friends got me into a drag race one night. I had the use of my sister’s ‘55 Mercury. It was really a neat car and it had a stick shift. My friends were all pumped up. I pulled out in front in first gear but when I shifted into second everybody in my 55 Merc let out with a huge groan. I didn’t know how to speed-shift. The other guy, with his Olds 88 hydromatic, zoomed past me like I was standing still. That experience ended my drag racing career. I also remember playing tackle football out in the middle of the highway. That was nuts. But in those days at 9 o’clock in the evening on a Saturday night, route 114 was deserted. That also explains the drag racing - after all in order to drag race both sides of the highway had to be used. Of course, this still doesn’t explain playing tackle football on the asphalt pavement. Both McGovern’s and the Den were packed on weekends and especially after football games. Cars would circle through the Den parking lot over and over trying to nab a prime spot. Girls would cluster on the hoods of cars, giggling and laughing and attracting the boys’ attention as they drove round and round. My biggest memory from the Den was a rather interesting experience. The whole episode started on the Hampton Beach Casino boardwalk. I had a 1946 fluid drive DeSoto. It was my first car. I bought it for ten bucks. It was a Sunday evening and everybody was heading home. Four or five local girls were dashing up and down the Casino looking for a ride to the Den. This wasn’t so unusual. Boys and girls would often ride to the beach with one group then bum a ride home with another. One of my buddies knew one of the girls. She was somebody’s sister. We agreed to give them a lift. They piled into the back seat and me and my two buddies rode in the front seat. They each had a beach bag of clothes and we threw those in the trunk. My old DeSoto was big. It could hold a lot of bodies. The space between the back of the front seat and the back seat was as big as in a hearse. My recollection of our ride to the Den was quite rowdy. I was rather shy and not used to having a carload of females. They were giggling, singing songs and asking any number of silly questions. They were all quite attractive and very bold. They would ask me some provocative question and when I would stutter or the backs of my ears would turn red, they would go into a spasm of giggles. When we got to the Den and got their bags out of the trunk, the girls all asked if they could use my vehicle to spruce up a bit before stepping out into the “lime light” of the Den parking lot. The Den parking lot was also a kind of showplace for the girls. They had to look their best. They were fresh off the beach when we loaded them up - no lipstick, no nothing. The girls blocked all the windows by hanging up skirts and blouses and beach towels. When they finally emerged they looked like the McGuire Sisters. For you younger folks that means they looked good. The next morning I was aroused from a sound sleep by the screaming and ranting of my outraged mother. She was running in and out of my bedroom waving pink, green and yellow panties. It seems that she had passed by my car in the backyard on her way to the garbage shed when she detected the smell of perfume and girly powder wafting from my 1946 Desoto. She began foraging around inside the car and found several pairs of girl panties in my glove compartment. Though my mother was quite beside herself, I was somewhat proud that my mother would think that I was teenage boy enough to gather up a glove compartment full of panties. Why the girls left their panties in my glove compartment is still a mystery to me.
Richard E. Noble was raised in Lawrence, Mass and is now a freelance writer. He has published six books. Two of them have Lawrence as their setting, A Summer with Charlie and Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother. A Little Something is a book of poetry -parts of it inspired by life in Lawrence. Hobo-ing America is a workingman’s tour of the U.S.A and The Eastpointer is selected pieces from his award winning column about life in a sleepy fishing village in the Florida Panhandle. Noble Notes on Famous Folks is his most recent production.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
MY NAME IS RICHARD EDWARD NOBLE. I AM A FREELANCE WRITER AND I HAVE PUBLISHED 12 BOOKS:"THE EASTPOINTER" - SELECTIONS FROM AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER COLUMN - "A LITTLE SOMETHING" - POETRY WITH PROSE -"HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER" - A NOVEL ABOUT GROWING UP IN THE NEW ENGLAND MILL TOWN OF LAWRENCE, MASS, "HOBO-ING AMERICA" - A WORKINGMAN'S TOUR OF THE U.S.A. - "A SUMMER WITH CHARLIE" - THE STORY OF A YOUNG SAILOR'S LAST DAYS AT SALISBURY BEACH, "NOBLE NOTES ON FAMOUS FOLKS" - HUMOROUS ANECDOTES ON FAMOUS FOLKS IN HISTORY,
"AMERICA ON STRIKE" HISTORY BOOK - A SURVEY OF LABOR STRIKES IN AMERICA; "A BAKER'S DOZEN" A BOOK OF HUMOROUS SHORT STORIES; "JUST HANGIN' OUT, MA" - GROWING UP IN THE 40'S, 50'S AND 60'S IN LAWRENCE, MY HOMETOWN, "TENEMENT DWELLERS" - SEQUEL TO JUST HANGIN OUT, MA; MEIN KAMPF - ANALYSIS OF BOOK ONE - HISTORY. CAT POINT - AND THEM DANG OYSTER PEOPLE - SEQUEL TO THE EASTPOINTER
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