How I Came to Long Beach
I was born in 1950 at the Long Beach Naval Hospital. My parents had met at the Pike and then married in 1949. My father was a US Marine stationed on the USS Topeka and my mother had moved from Pennsylvania to Long Beach with her family of 10 brothers and sisters so that her father could find work.
They were married at St. Lucy's Church on the westside. My mother said it snowed on their wedding day -- January 15th.