Memories of the Monroes
I should tell you upfront
that my friend is a wonderful LADY who has been a friend of my own family
for several years. She often talks of Vaughn and his family; always
pleasant memories. She has two daughters and her oldest daughter often
played with the older girl as they were about the same age. "Pop" and
"Mom" Monroe rented an apartment from her family when they lived West
Haven. Pop worked for for Armstrong Tire at the time.
Vaughn once tried to entice
her to ride in his plane when he was playing in Bridgeport. But at the
time she had never flown so she declined the offer. My friend and her late
husband went to see the band whenever they appeared in the New Haven area.
Her husband once rode with Vaughn along with his mom to a gig. My friend
was taken by car with Pop to Bridgeport. She still remembers both parents
as being wonderful people.
She remembers Vaughn as
having a great sense of humor often joking and teasing. I should tell you
she is now 90 years old. They saw him once at the famous Paramount Theatre
in N.Y.C. She told a friend that was with them that she knew Vaughn and
this was greeted as nothing more than an exaggeration until they went
backstage to chat with him.
She also has fond memories of
Ziggy Talent who once admired her husband's tie and took it right off his
neck. My friend will look for any photos or other items pertaining to
these long-ago memories that may still be available. Not being too
acquainted with the internet she was amazed to see such a wonderful
tribute website as you have created honoring Vaughn and his band members.
My friend was saddened to
hear of Bill Monroe's death. She too had pleasant memories of him. When my
friend knew him he had two boys at the time.
She also had fond memories of
Pop and Mom Monroe. "Mom" often took my friend's oldest daughter shopping
with her whenever they shopped in New Haven. "Mom" was so thoughtful that
she always placed a note attached to the girl in case of a sudden health
problem happening which might have left the young girl unattended. My
friend also has pleasant memories of "Pop." Her daughter often played with
their oldest daughter. They rented an apartment from her family in the
same building in West Haven, Connecticut. When he first met with them to
rent he introduced himself as the father of Vaughn which was not believed
at the time. As she remembers he worked for Armstrong Rubber in West Haven
as a chemist she thinks. Pop visited her family one day only to discover
they were on the way to visit my friend's daughter's graduation in West
Haven H.S. so he tagged along. He also had a black poodle named Mambo and
my friend often chided "Hey Mambo Italiano..." Pop had so many talents
that it is difficult to name them all. He once took a car completely apart
and everyone feared he would never get it put back together again. He did
it with ease!!
Submitted by: Stephen Block