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Computer consultant for the past 30 years specializing in accounting systems, bar code and warehouse applications as well as open source php.
the babyboomerstories.com blog is a hobby that gives me a chance to tell the story of my life in vignettes.

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A baby boomer's humorous and nostalgic look at life's experiences with a little angst.. about the future throw in.

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  • Bank Rupture
    on Dec 2, 2016 in Uncategorized
    by Larry Teren Harry stopped Friday mid-afternoon in his office, anticipating picking up a nice sized check mailed by a client. He wasn’t disappointed. He quickly went downstairs to the bank on the ground level of the building and waited for th...
  • Life With Father
    on Jul 5, 2016 in Uncategorized
    by Larry Teren Prologue: Think 1960s, first floor of a two-flat apartment building. It’s summer time and central air is an unheard expression. There are two ways to cool off- go to a show- I mean, movie theater (pronounced by Uncle Henry as the...
  • A Doctor’s Last Will
    on Jun 5, 2016 in Uncategorized
    By Larry Teren 1963- November A young black man in his 20’s walked into a doctor’s office on Madison Street about three blocks east of the old Chicago Stadium. The fellow asked to see Dr. Howard Gless (fictional name). The receptionist po...
  • No Cotton Picking Solution Urban Crime
    on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
    By Larry Teren News Item: Chicago has 1000 shootings for 2016 Considering it is not yet four months into the year 2016, that means an average of nine people a day are shot in Chicago. Granted, not all die but who’s quibbling with a technicality...
  • Unphotographic Memories
    on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized
    by Larry Teren Recently I gave Ma an assignment to find my grade school class pictures. Doing a great job, she handed over to me a manila folder containing items I had not seen in  more than fifty years:  my kindergarten class group photo, the dipl...
  • It’s Not In the Bag
    on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
    by Larry Teren It wasn’t in the bag. Really. I’ll explain- in August, 2015, a certain suburban board of trustees decided to go west coast on its residents and nearby patrons. West Coast is double speak for enacting wacky laws that small t...
  • Semi-Tough Guys
    on Aug 9, 2015 in Uncategorized
    By Larry Teren Theodore Bikel loved to tell stories. One was about the famous harmonica player Larry Adler. Adler told him that when he was about 15 or 16 he was already beginning to develop a reputation as a talented musician. He was in Chicago perf...
  • Loud Mouth Hero
    on Aug 2, 2015 in Uncategorized
    By Larry Teren Joe E. Brown is not the first person you think of when asked to name a Hollywood star who did heroic actions during WWII. There is Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier during the war. Next up is James Stewart who led bombing runs a...
  • The Real Lion King
    on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized
    John Henry Patterson was the real lion king. No one else came anywhere close to his exploits  Yes, there were others who bagged more lions. Colonel Patterson, however, went after two nine feet long, three and. one half feet high …Read more ...
  • Cranberry Pecan Mix
    on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized
    by Larry Teren The circular plastic container read in big, bold letters “Cranberry Pecan Mix” on the front. On the back, the ingredients panel read: “golden raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, apricots and pecans”. There was a dash of sulfur...
  • The Real Ernie BanksBy Larry Teren The first name of Ernest was written on his birth certificate but we all called him Ernie. Few were blessed with the distinction of everyone hearing a nickname and knowing right away whom was meant. Ernie had …Read more »...
  • A Bear in the Bedroom
    on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized
    by Larry Teren “There’s a bear in your bedroom.” That’s how Harry the lawyer greeted Dick, my accountant over the phone. Or at least that’s how he started the story he was repeating to me. Harry and Dick shared clients …Re...
  • Senior Legal Advisor
    on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
    by Larry Teren Is eighty-one considered old? My neighbor Mark thinks not. His list of activities makes one half his age envious of his continuing accomplishments. Mark and his wife have a one bedroom apartment on the other side of …Read more &#...
  • You Know Me, Pal
    on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
    You Know Me, Pal By Larry Teren What are you suppose to do with a thirteen year old nephew for a day? I’ll tell you what you do, pal. You go to the batting cages in the morning and if …Read more »...
  • Coats Off, Belts Off, Pants Pockets Empty
    on Mar 25, 2014 in Uncategorized
    By Larry Teren “Coats Off, Belts Off, Pants Pockets Empty” is a familiar enough refrain when you stand in a security check line at the airport. It also happens to be the same greeting you hear when going to court- …Read more »...
  • Say What You Mean But Mean What You Say
    on Mar 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
    By Larry Teren Voice over phone: “Welcome to the American Association for Better Communications. Press one for English, o para Espanol oprima dos…” Huh? Okay, so I like to buy used books through Amazon. A lot of people do. In …Read mo...
  • The Shootist or The Awful Truth
    on Mar 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
    Sol, fifty-seven years old, looks forward to doing his tour of duty for border patrol. Not a military person by experience nor trained for security but he relishes the opportunity to serve his community. He goes to the target practice …Read mor...
  • Keeping Up With the Joneses
    on Dec 22, 2013 in Uncategorized
    By Larry Teren Mention two words- “Maritime” and “Jones” and most of us immediately think of John Paul Jones. You know, the sailor who helped us win the Revolutionary War. Yeah, that guy. The one who said, “I have not …Read more »...
  • Opting Out
    on Oct 21, 2013 in Uncategorized elec
    By Larry Teren It seems like “opting out” has become the preferred method for those who want to confuse and take advantage. Recently, I receive a letter in the mail from a company claiming to be the authorized entitlement to …Read more ...
  • Self-Checkout Hits a SnagBy Larry Teren News item: Chicago area supermarket chain eliminates self-checkout lanes at nine stores. The 6pm Local News: News Anchor: “Hi, I’m Diana Sewer and good evening. Tonight’s lead story is about a local supermarket chain remo...