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Tracy H Brown

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Tracy H. Brown in '65
' 57 Chevy pic

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THB-2001-no name

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Tracy H. Brown in '65

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In:
Litchfield, OH USA
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Spouse/Partner:
Nancy
Children:
(1) son
(1) daughter
Occupation:
Owner- Computer Room Design Corp.
Nickname:

Racer Brown

Grandchildren:

(3) grandchildren
(11)-step grandchildren
(2)-step greatgrandchildren

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Still drumming, singing, playing guitar, banjo and harmonica in a band. Still acting and modeling. Still teaching pool. Still running 4 co's. Still farming our 50 acre farm. 72 is a great age.

School Story:

Went to school in NJ until '62. Moved to RRHS in 5/62 when my dad got transferred to Cleveland. Graduated here in '65. Graduated from Kent State U. in '71. Taught HS for 2 years.

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Met him in Sunday School when I moved here in the end of my freshman year.  Very quiet but deep.  Genius.  Had gears I knew I never would.  73 is a short life.  Sad.  A true humanitarian. We both loved cars and skiing.   He loved my '57 Chevy in HS. Every time I won at Dragway 42 he always wanted to hear all about it.  I ended up racing Porsches all my life. Today my wife and I race a 500 hp Mustang there. Dragway 42 is only 7 miles away from our farm.   Jack started his own racing school in TX.    He became a a top instructor.  Check out:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacksmyth/   RIP Jack.  Our helmets are off to you and all race flags are at half mast.  See you in the big raceway in the sky.           Tracy (Racer) Brown

 

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Posted on: Jun 22, 2018 at 8:01 AM

Hey neighbor. I own a 50 acre farm in Chatham which is 5 miles away. Go past Seville all the time on the way to Akron on I-76. Play pool league in Wadsworth. When I used to sell police radar I sold Seville it's first moving radar in the '70's. They paid a lot of bills with it I heard.

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Posted on: Oct 19, 2015 at 7:12 AM

Happy Birthday! What a great day to smile. We all worried about you in HS!

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Posted on: Apr 25, 2015 at 12:51 PM

If you rode a Harley in the '50's this is what you looked like. Almost everyone rode in gangs as solo riders got picked on by the cops too much. Our landlord's son showed up one day at our apt. bldg. on his Harley with his gang called the "Rebel Riders." He looked like the guy on the right. His name was Herbie. He had a '48 Harley panhead with a springer front end. Everyone in town was afraid of him since he had killed so many Japs in WW2 with his bare hands in the Marines. His bike had a "Buddy seat" which looked like a huge saddle and it fit 2 people. He and I always got along great. I used to help him do maintenance work in our bldg. I'd run and get tools for him, water, etc. I was only 6 but I asked him for a ride back to school. He said, "Hop on!" We took off with a roar as none of the bikes had mufflers. I remember every second of that ride. He taught me to lean when he did and to hold onto his M/C jacket belt. We roared all over town and past all the kids going back to school after lunch. They all waved. The bikers had different plans and we all rode right past school and out into the country! We were gone for hours and then we stopped in a bar. I couldn't believe the biker stories I heard! Lots of WW2 stories too. They bought me my first beer! My mother freaked out when my school called and they said I was absent! They also said that dozens of kids saw me riding around with a bike gang! I vowed after that I'd have a Harley as soon as I was old enough. Little did Herbie know that by 12 I was wearing a black leather jacket, jeans, engineers boots with cleats and an M/C hat. I always carried 2 switchblades in case one broke. 60 years later my wife and I have Harleys and I've had 6 of them in my life. They've been a wonderful part of my life. I still have all my old M/C hats and switchblades too. All are highly collectible now. The last time I saw Herbie he was still marching in the July 4th parade carrying the Marine flag in the honor guard. He still wears his original Marine dress uniform from WW2 which still fits. His chest is covered with so many medals from the war you have to squint.
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Mar 30, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Cleats! I wore them on my engineer boots along with my black leather motorcycle jacket for years. You HAD to have heel cleats back in Philly, Pa. I wore even bigger ones than these. At night when you kicked the sidewalk huge sparks would fly out the sides. They sounded great! Click-click-click. Every 3 months I'd have to get a new pair. I preferred the Star brand as they had the nails soldered onto the cleats. They were also bigger. These require nails which have a different sound. $.35 cents/pair back in the '50's.
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Mar 29, 2015 at 10:14 PM
In the mid-'50's in Philly we all had one of these on us all day and night. I remember mine was a Zenith. After seeing all those bands at Bandstand after school I knew I could play that music. 2500 band jobs later, I still am.
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Mar 26, 2015 at 1:16 PM
Here's a buoy like the one that's right out front of my old apt. bldg. in NJ on the Delaware River. When I was seven I decided I needed to swim out and explore it. I doggy paddled every day so it was easy to reach. Someone saw me on it and called the Coast Guard. I saw their cutter coming and knew I was in trouble so I dove in and made it to the shore before they could get me. Our grade school was 4 blocks from the yacht club and almost all the kids were boaters. Most of our dads were WW2 Navy vets and a lot worked at the huge Philly Naval station nearby. In grade school they gave us a daily nautical report on the P.A. each morning as most of us kids had our own sailboats. The next day they announced "Climbing on buoys is strictly off limits on the river!!!! Later when I joined the Buccaneers sailing club the Coast Guard knew every one of our names. They'd call the school and complain. I vividly remember on the P.A., "All Buccaneers to the principal's office NOW." He'd go, "All right. How many of you were on the sandbar last night until midnight drinking beer and skinny dipping? You know the Coast Guard has given our school a curfew." We'd never rat each other out so he'd just call all our parents. Being mostly Navy families they'd just laugh it off. Our dads had all done a helluva' lot worse all over the world in WW2. For parents we had Admirals on down and even some Naval attorneys. We knew they could get us out of anything.
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Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 1:15 PM
If you rode a Harley in the '50's this is what you looked like. Almost everyone rode in gangs as solo riders got picked on by the cops too much. Our landlord's son showed up one day at our apt. bldg. on his Harley with his gang called the "Rebel Riders." He looked like the guy on the right. His name was Herbie. He had a '48 Harley panhead with a springer front end. Everyone in town was afraid of him since he had killed so many Japs in WW2 with his bare hands in the Marines. His bike had a "Buddy seat" which looked like a huge saddle and it fit 2 people. He and I always got along great. I used to help him do maintenance work in our bldg. I'd run and get tools for him, water, etc. I was only 6 but I asked him for a ride back to school. He said, "Hop on!" We took off with a roar as none of the bikes had mufflers. I remember every second of that ride. He taught me to lean when he did and to hold onto his M/C jacket belt. We roared all over town and past all the kids going back to school after lunch. They all waved. The bikers had different plans and we all rode right past school and out into the country! We were gone for hours and then we stopped in a bar. I couldn't believe the biker stories I heard! Lots of WW2 stories too. They bought me my first beer! My mother freaked out when my school called and they said I was absent! They also said that dozens of kids saw me riding around with a bike gang! I vowed after that I'd have a Harley as soon as I was old enough. Little did Herbie know that by 12 I was wearing a black leather jacket, jeans, engineers boots with cleats and an M/C hat. I always carried 2 switchblades in case one broke. 60 years later my wife and I have Harleys and I've had 6 of them in my life. They've been a wonderful part of my life. I still have all my old M/C hats and switchblades too. All are highly collectible now. The last time I saw Herbie he was still marching in the July 4th parade carrying the Marine flag in the honor guard. He still wears his original Marine dress uniform from WW2 which still fits. His chest is covered with so many medals from the war you have to squint.
Posted: Apr 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM
In the mid-'50's in Philly we all had one of these on us all day and night. I remember mine was a Zenith. After seeing all those bands at Bandstand after school I knew I could play that music. 2500 band jobs later, I still am.
Posted: Mar 27, 2015 at 8:18 PM
The Rock. I played a bit in a WWE "Raw" TV episode with HHH and Chris Jerico and all the stars were there. The Hulk, Stone Cold and 50 more. Ringling Bros. circus is NOT the "Greatest Show on Earth." WWE is. There were 25,000 "animals" in the sold-out arena screaming. Every one looked like an amateur wrestler. Muscles and tattoos everywhere. After the show there were fights all over in the parking lot. America loves their wrestlers.
Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 5:43 AM
We still have gas lamps in my town in NJ. They're from 1880. They used to be oil lamps. Back in the '50's we had a black guy called Ernie who was our town "lamplighter." He'd climb up and light them every night. When they needed it he'd clean the soot off the glass globes and shades . Now they are lit by gas and they just leave them on 24/7. At night on my bike it was the only light I had to get home by. This was the same light all the folks on horses and carriages got back home to in 1880. Most of the old mansions still have steps by the curb so you could get out of your carriage easily and steel horse head poles with a big round ring on them so you could tie up your horses out front.
Posted: Apr 10, 2015 at 5:26 AM
Here's a buoy like the one that's right out front of my old apt. bldg. in NJ on the Delaware River. When I was seven I decided I needed to swim out and explore it. I doggy paddled every day so it was easy to reach. Someone saw me on it and called the Coast Guard. I saw their cutter coming and knew I was in trouble so I dove in and made it to the shore before they could get me. Our grade school was 4 blocks from the yacht club and almost all the kids were boaters. Most of our dads were WW2 Navy vets and a lot worked at the huge Philly Naval station nearby. In grade school they gave us a daily nautical report on the P.A. each morning as most of us kids had our own sailboats. The next day they announced "Climbing on buoys is strictly off limits on the river!!!! Later when I joined the Buccaneers sailing club the Coast Guard knew every one of our names. They'd call the school and complain. I vividly remember on the P.A., "All Buccaneers to the principal's office NOW." He'd go, "All right. How many of you were on the sandbar last night until midnight drinking beer and skinny dipping? You know the Coast Guard has given our school a curfew." We'd never rat each other out so he'd just call all our parents. Being mostly Navy families they'd just laugh it off. Our dads had all done a helluva' lot worse all over the world in WW2. For parents we had Admirals on down and even some Naval attorneys. We knew they could get us out of anything.
Posted: Mar 27, 2015 at 5:12 AM
Not exactly Westgate but we all made calls out of our cars back then. Check the rotary dial. When I was real young I'd pick up the phone in our apt. and the operator would go "Number please." I'd go, Hi Mrs. LeCates. Tallmadge 2344." She'd go, "Oh hi, Tracy. How's your mom today? We'd talk and then she'd say, "Here's your number." It was a party line too so we'd always listen to our neighbors calls a lot for yuks.
Posted: Mar 22, 2015 at 9:11 PM
Cars were hard to afford in the '50's even at these prices. We had a '52 Ford convertible. My dad thought he was the "cock of the walk."
Posted: Mar 27, 2015 at 2:51 PM
'50's haircuts! I had a crew cut all my youth. A couple swipes of Butch Wax and I was good for the whole day!
Posted: Apr 18, 2015 at 8:21 PM
We always drove to the Atlantic shore for the day when we wanted to go to the beach. Ocean City was our destination. Today it's Atlantic City and gambling. Check out those cool '50's rides. I always got sunburned!!!
Posted: May 06, 2015 at 10:44 PM
L. to R.: Shelley Brown-sister, me and Nancy- my wife at Christmas.