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Peggie Walsh
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I knew I was going to be an artist in kindergarten. I was about 5 years old, and the class was making flowers from tissue paper. I thought how dumb! It was Thanksgiving, and I needed to draw the Pilgrims having their first meal with the Indians -- surrounded by turkeys, horses and hats with buckles on them. I refused to make those stupid paper flowers sprayed with perfume…YEP, that was when I knew I was going to be an artist, so did the teacher, the principal and the note that was sent home to my mother explaining why she did not get a flower!

I attended Moore College of Art, a women’s college. I did not know what my area of expertise would be, so I tried interior design, fashion illustration, photography and film, but settled on adverting art as my major. One of the teachers worked in an ad agency and came into Moore to teach once a week. Being from the Mad Men era, he would critique our work by saying “I hear they are looking for show girls in Las Vegas!” After hearing that week after week, I decided to look into it! Well, not Las Vegas, but New York and Broadway. That way, I could keep my top on. I never made it onto the Broadway stage, but I did meet my Fred Astaire (Pat Walsh) in a local show. We’ve been partners in life, work and stage for 30 years.

Entries by Peggie Walsh

Operation Huskey: The Invasion of Sicily

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:23 PM

If you like firsthand war stories, here is one by my dad, Retired Colonel Charles Hangsterfer.

Rumor had it we, the First Infantry Division, would be returning to the States; therefore, it was impossible that landing maneuvers were scheduled for the pending "Operation Huskey." We hadn't had time to whitewash...

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60 Years Old and Out of Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:49 PM

I remember when the company my Dad worked for closed down. I was out of college and on my own. I guess I didn't think it was that much of a catastrophe, except when my Mom complained about him "hanging around the house too much." Financially, I knew they were...

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My Dad's Missing Pen Pal

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM

My dad often discussed his German pen pal. He met her in 1935 when she was a foreign exchange student at Frankford High School in Philadelphia. I found this photo in his belongings after he passed. On the back was written "Lisa Goldberg 1935." I recognize my dad in the...

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D-Day Reflections From A Soldier

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 7:07 AM

The story you are about to read was found in my father's files. I heard him tell snippets of this story, but here it is from start to finish... unedited.


Hello. The story you are about to read is the personal observation and opinion of a...

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A Story of Two 'Hanks'

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 7:01 PM

Another found "gem" from my Dad.

This was published in The Battlefield Guide. I am not sure what that publication is (or was) exactly. However, there are things about this article that just do not sound like my Dad, even though the article had his by-line. In the same...

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More War Stories from the Old Colonel

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 12:34 PM

I want to continue to share with you my Dad's stories. I am still finding more of them as I sift threw boxes and boxes of his belongings. I came across these notes from a speech he typed up on an old piece of scrap paper. From what I can...

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My Dad's Recollections of World War II

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:32 PM

Toward the later years of my Dad's life he started to get emails, letters and phone calls for interviews about his time in the army, specifically about World War II.


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When Saving Private Ryan was released, both my parents...

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Discovering A Different Side Of My Dad

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 7:57 AM

I thought I knew my Dad. Well, I knew the persona he presented to the public; the tough guy exterior with a marshmallow interior. It wasn't until after his death that I discovered file boxes full of his poems, drawings, articles, short stories and letters. His love letters to my...

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A Valentine's Day Proposal, 1942

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Love at First Sight

That is how my parents told me it was for them. They saw each other and knew they had to be together forever! And they were. They met right as the war broke out while stationed at Fort Devens in Mass.

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9 Life Lessons From Dad

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 1:53 PM

If you love the movie A Christmas Story like I do, you'll recall Ralphie's dad telling him, "You can't get a gun, you'll shoot your eye out." And in fact, at the end of the movie, he almost does.

Didn't we all hear some sort of repeated phrase or time-worn...

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A Love Story That Transcends War

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:47 PM

This morning I watched Good Morning America as they chronicled three families from the time the husband's were deployed until they were reunited. Separated from their families and even missing the birth of their first-born child, this story brought tears to my eyes. With Veteran's Day, the focus is on...

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The Best Years Of My Life... Were The Last Years Of My Parents' Lives

(7) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 7:12 AM

I made a commitment. . .

I told my husband I was going to make my parents a top priority in my life. He agreed. On my mom's 80th birthday in 1999, we physically moved my parents to a new home less than a mile from our house. We equipped...

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