It all started with an online Facebook group called "Remember in Englewood When...." Locals would post old photos along with wonderful recollections of life back in the 50s, 60s and 70s in this small Florida community.
As I read people’s stories for a while, I noticed one of the contributors stood out from the others. His writing style was unique. His recall was remarkable. And he was prolific. I enjoyed reading story after story; I felt I was right there next to him growing up in the 50s and 60s. The writer was Monty Birdsey.
Having enjoyed reading his stories for many months, I asked Monty if he would like to put his writings together into a book. He loved the idea, especially as a family remembrance. Sadly, just a few weeks later, Monty, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer, passed on.
Growing up in the 50s and 60s was a special time for Monty and his friends as it was for many of us “baby-boomers” living in small towns all across America.
Monty tells his stories in his own words without flare or fanfare. When you read the stories, you will come to know his love for family, friends and community. His writing style provides a window for the reader to learn about small town life in mid-century America and, for us boomers, an opportunity to re-experience our childhood years.
So, this is Monty's book. I hope you enjoy his stories as much as I do.
—Don Bayley, Englewood Museum
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