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Richard C. Lindberg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816646845

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816646845.001.0001

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Love Is for Barflies

Love Is for Barflies

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Whiskey Breakfast

Richard C. Lindberg

University of Minnesota Press

In this chapter, the author, a first-generation Swedish American, reflects on his experiences as a young man in Chicago where he and his family lived during the first half of the twentieth century. The bullying and the hectoring the author endured as a boy ended by the time he entered high school in 1967. It almost seemed as if that other troubling aspect of his life—his relationship with his father, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg—had ended as well. For the next two years, 1968 and 1969, both Charles (or Chuck), his half brother, and Oscar were absent from his life. William Howard Taft High School, which he attended, was the last all-white high school in the city of Chicago to desegregate. He decided to enroll at Northeastern Illinois University, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1974.

Keywords:   Chicago, Oscar Waldemar Lindberg, Charles Lindberg, William Howard Taft High School, Northeastern Illinois University

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