Cleveland 1946 - 1964

Childhood
I was born after the Second World War in Cleveland, Ohio as David Frackelton Gleason. My second given name, Eduardo, was bestowed upon my baptism. 

As I grew up, of course, I did not know that Cleveland was where I would not want to be.

Cleveland  looks a lot better today than it did when I was there. This was a traditional "rust-belt" city with shrinking opportunity and a significant helping of decay and contamination. I didn't like it! I left as soon as I was able.
My home in Cleveland
Cleveland's lovely weather, as evidenced in this view, was particularly unappealing. Guess who got to shovel the snow off the sidewalk and entrance?
This was Wellington Road in the eastern Clevelend area of Cleveland heights.
Views of the house and street where I lived till about age 13 when I began "wandering the world."
My Father and Lakeview Cemetary
My father, Charles B. Gleason, was an investment banker. He is in the picture above from 1954. Following the failure of his bank in the Depression, he became the manager of Lakeview Cemetery, where President Garfield is buried. It is famous for its extensive botanical gardens, in no small part due to my father's interest in horticulture.
Daffodil Hill was one of my father's inspirations... a long low hillside planted with many dozens of varieties of daffodil. Landscaping of the cemetary had been delayed by the Depression,  and it fell upon my father  to implement. He folllowed the landscaper's advice to “Plant, plant, plant.” My father had been the first male president of the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland  He executed an ambitious program that introduced thousands of flowering trees and shrubs.

Another view of Lakeview Cemetery's Daffodil Hill

Lakeview Cemetary.... another view.

My father died on the 12th of December of 1956 and was burried in the place he so loved.
Lakeview was "home" to
President James Garfield...
this is his final resting place.

The GARFIELD MONUMENT, located on a sloping hill near Mayfield Rd. in LAKE VIEW CEMETERY, was built as a tomb and memorial to Pres. James. A. Garfield†. Construction of the monument began in 1885 with funds raised by the Garfield Natl. Monument Associationn.  Construction was completed in 1890 and the monument was dedicated on 30 May of that year, with a procession of notables including Pres. Benjamin Harrison, former president Rutherford B. Hayes, and members of the Garfield family.

For the full story of the Garfield Monument, click on the picture and an interesting page about it will open.

Entrance to Lakeview Cemetery.

Lake View Cemetery, located in the vibrant University Circle area, was organized in 1869. It is considered “Cleveland’s Outdoor Museum and Arboretum.” It’s Cleveland’s historical, horticultural, architectural, sculptural and geological gem. The magnificent collection of trees, shrubs and plants make for an exceptional green space in an urban area. This “green space” provides a wonderful refuge for birds and small animals, as well as a showplace of extraordinary architectural and sculptural treasures.

For the Lakeview Cemetary website, click on the picture of the entrance.

My family's plot lies in this area in the Cemetery

Here I am feeding the ducks at one of the lakes at Lakeview Cemetery.
Omena, Michgan
Summers were spent in Omena, Michigan, population 60, on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay north of Rraverse City.
   
 
Printing
When about 9, I bought a small, hand operated letterpress printing press... the kind with lead type and rollers and messy ink. I used it to ´print business cards and letterheads, and progressed to using it to print QSL cards (the postcards radio stations and ham operators use to verify a distant listener's reception).

It helped that the press, made by Chandler & Price, came from the factory managed by my grandfather and owned by my aunt. There was, obviously, a family discount.

The C&P press lived in the basement, and helped finance my earliest investments in the stock market... mostly penny stocks on the Toronto Exchange, where I opened a broker account in 1958
The printing Press was made by a company, founded over 60 years before, by my Great Uncle.  Click on the picture for a description of the printing press company. 
I went into the QSL card business. Over several years, the card enterprise formed the basis for savings and investments that would help finance my first radio station.
Hundreds of stations bought cards to answer the reports from distant listeners that were still received in large quantities back in the 50's and 60's. I was ready and willing to serve this need with stock cards at a good price: $6.00 for 100 cards, two colors, postpaid.

For some full-size examples of the cards, click on the graphic to the right and a PDF will pop up.
Investing 
When I was 9, I became fascinated by the stock market. I bought Barron's every saturday and also read the WSJ and had an account and traded on the Toronto exchange, where $20 could often buy 500 shares of something like Ajax Petroleum.
Here is a Standard and Poor's sheet on Storer Broadcasting from 1959. This was the investment that got me interested in radio when I decided to visit one of the Storer stations. Click on the copy for more of the report as well as ones for CBS and Metropolitan Broadcasting (later Metromedia).

Click on the sheet to view a readable S&P report on Storer.

To see S&P repots on Metromedia, CBS and others, click here.
High School.
I attended Hawken School in Lyndhurst, OH, from 1st to 9th grade. I was part of the first class to open the High school (or "preparatory school" as they preferred) and went through 10th and part of 11th grade there

View of main building at Hawken School

The printing experience led to a fling with print journalism. Fortunately, it was short-lived, and consisted only working on a high school newspaper.

In my sophomore year, I founded our school paper.  I could only do this because the school had no paper. So, I founded the paper "because I could." Click on the graphic above to see several of the first editions of the school paper.

The paper at "rival" University School reported on the new Hawken newspaper.

The name, "The Affirmative No," of course, was a comment on the ambiguous nature of bureaucratic institutions everywhere. The circulation was about 200, but the Alumni Association found it a marvelous fund raiser as long as we did not say anything particularly nasty.
Here is the masthead from year two of the paper. Year one was done with a spirit duplicator, and they are faded.

My first ad sale... a cold call!

  This Coca-Cola ad, a full page at that, was the first advertising I ever sold. It would not be the last.

I cold called the bottler, near downtown Cleveland, and walked out with a contract.

Nobody had bothered to tell me that cold calling was hard and frightening.
Journalism for Dummies... summer classes at MSU.


Click on this graphic to see the
curriculum of the course
A summer was spent at the college-level journalism seminars of Michigan State University, where students preparing to work at college newspapers from around the country took courses and produced a newspaper. I was an editorial writer for the paper,  and earned my attractive certificate.
Click on the graphic to see a larger version
I spent one semester at Cleveland Heights High School before moving to Ecuador in early 1964. Here is one view of "Heights High" which was conveniently located across the street from WJMO & WCUY where I had been working part-time since 1959.