Adventures of the Year 1950 A.D. (Paperback)
This Is the Journal of a Boy Who Went to Europe for 9 Months When He Was 12 Years Old
Archway Publishing, 9781480858695, 198pp.
Publication Date: March 23, 2018
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This book recounts the adventures of a 12-year-old boy studying and touring in France, Italy, Yugoslavia and Switzerland. The countrysides of each are compared and the ravages of World War II noted. Many areas visited had not seen foreigners since the war. The wonders and beauty of cities like Rome, Naples, Florence, Vienna, Trieste, Belgrade, Lucerne, Geneva and Paris are described and compared. Students in pairs often explored them on their own. How communism worked in Yugoslavia is described in detail.
About the Author
Anthony (Tony) P. Marshall was born in Manhattan in 1937. He grew up in a mid-town five story walk-up on cobble stoned east 53rd street, which is now the site of Citicorp headquarters. His first word was "horse" because he heard the horse drawn carts bringing blocks of ice, large containers of milk and coal for the building's basement furnace. The Third Avenue El was still in operation for north - south transportation. When it was too hot to play ball in Central Park, the East River piers offered water relief. Tony attended Hunter College Elementary School (HCES) on East 69th Street, an elementary school for "gifted children". The Rev. Michael Millen, who believed in progressive education through travel, came to Tony's 6th grade class looking for candidates for his 7th to 12th grade school in Camden, Maine. As a very wealthy man, he was able to offer substantial scholarships. The fall semester in Maine and the entire European trip only cost Tony's parents $500.