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Old 01-12-2018, 05:10 PM
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I was at the ROaks at the same time and we're in the same age group, too. I wonder if you could send a message. I would like to compare notes, exchange photos ecte ect ect
Kenneth King
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Originally Posted by Everetteb View Post
The world gets smaller everyday.

I was in Royal Oaks as a kid age 2-3yo, in 1964-65 timeframe, my dad was stationed there in Torrejon. We live next to a large open area, our unit was in a corner with a rocky wall that was below a roadway higher up. I remember rolling a tire accross the field that eventually rolled across a road and went down to a creek that had trees around it. There were also sheep herders that occasionally crossed the area there as well. There was a bus stop on that corner area that my mother would would go to the local town and shop. I remember eating a small pickled fish, some like "baccaroni" or similar. Sure did love that, closest thing to it today is wine pickled herring. There was a man that came around to our unit to cut our hair then too, always got a buzz cut. Going to the local store somewhere there and buying Bazooka Bubble Gum that was wrapped in comics, 2 for a penny, and everytime I found a penny, my sisters would take me. Playing with cap guns was the thing back then too. Those were fun days as I remember them. My sisters went to school there, they are DeLaine Baughman and Sheila Baughman, not sure of thier grade attended.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:16 PM
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Msgt. William A. Stanton, SAC, was stationed at Torrejon from 1961 to 1964. Wife Helen (still living) and children Janelle, Billie, Sam and Joe. We stayed at the Aitanna Hotel in downtown Madrid initially, then lived in a tall apartment building over a panaderia, carneceria, pescaderia, etc., that occupied the first floor of that entire block. My parents' bedroom had a wrought-iron-fenced balcony directly over a bar, and the hoots and hollers from below often kept them up late. The view from the balcony was a huge empty field with a stinky dump directly across the street.

Then we moved to Royal Oaks, where my brothers and I attended elementary school. I played softball on Las Muñecas team. Our uniforms were green and white. I was terribly shy and awkward but gradually gained the nickname "The Little Slugger" and was presented the signed softball for "most improved player" at season's end. We spent our summers mostly at the pool.

My best friend was Joanna Sears, whom I would love to find. We tramped through the countryside endlessly with my dog, Elvis (nothing but a hound dog), and her dog, Newfie. We rode horses from the stable run by a man named Miguel, not far from Royal Oaks. When we ran out of babysitting money, he'd let us muck out the stalls and groom the horses so we could ride for free.

I remember a fruteria stand near the entry to Royal Oaks. They sold Fantas, and the door was draped by a curtain made of bent bottle caps on strings. Anyone else from that era have memories?
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:39 PM
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Lived royal oaks 65-68 next to pool. My dad Catilleo”Pat” Pesce. Brother lifeguard there
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Old 02-25-2018, 10:58 PM
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My family lived in Royal Oaks from 77-80, I was too young to attend the elementary at the time but did go to what I think was a Jewish kindergarten (maybe part of a larger Jewish school? No idea). We lived in Quarters 15A: alas, any old photos we have are just of the inside of the apartment so I can't fully recall the exterior beyond memories. I did have a friend named Avi, my age, we would read Superman and other DC comics and play with toys at his place. I do recall some older (relatively) kids that sold comic books on the side of the street one day, so I tried it myself with my own collection -- didn't sell much, but it was fun to be business-y at that time.
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