Dear Amy, It seems somewhat ‘corny’ to compose and send this, but it’s just too cool not to do so. My daughter purchased a copy of ‘Letters Lost Then Found’ as a gift for me. You signed it “Merry Christmas, Fred”. She has no idea how much it has entertained me, nor the connection I feel to it! I’ve lived in Saginaw my entire life. I was born in St. Mary’s Hospital, one city block from St. Mary’s School. My mother (long ago deceased) graduated from St. Mary’s in ’44. Since the class sizes were 60 to 75 students each, she may have known who Fred Raubinger was! He would have been a Senior when she was a Freshman. My family lived on that one block between St. Mary’s Parish and St. Mary’s Hospital. I graduated from St. Mary’s High in ’66. For about 3 yrs. I ‘worked’ for the Saginaw News by having the single largest paper route in town, 4 blocks of Jefferson Ave. plus the individual patients’ rooms in the hospital. To be honest, I read this book in one day-the first time ever. I couldn’t put it down! The intrigue of closeness to the subject matter got to me; William Raubinger’s home at 123 Trier Street still stands and is inhabited. Muriel’s home at 2216 State Street had been removed and an apartment building has been erected. In recent years the location of the Chic Chic Beauty Shop at 1003 West Genesee has been leveled in a citywide effort to combat local blight. In any event, please be aware that this book has informed, educated, and entertained more than most. Thanks for a good read, and keep up the good work!
LETTERS lost then found by author Amy Johnson
Fred Clous, Saginaw, MI