Oswego, New York could be Anytown, USA of the 1960s and '70s. The small upstate city, located in the snowbelt on the shores of Lake Ontario, was once an industrial center, producing world-renowned goods from t-shirts to chocolate; window shades to office paper. A community columnist for the 170 year-old Oswego daily newspaper, The Palladium-Times, McCrobie has compiled over forty of his favorite newspaper columns about growing up and growing old in Oswego. He takes us down memory lane to a time when kids built things like forts and race cars. He nostalgically recalls Americana such as corner stores, sandlot baseball, snowball fights and S & H green stamps. He reminisces about endless summers when a day of outdoor play concluded when the street lights came on.
"Mike McCrobie is not only a terrific writer; he has a precious intuition about community, the sense of 'what was' as a critical element of what will be. Writing from the heart of Oswego, a resilient little Great Lakes city, his hometown faith - that dogged love - resonates throughout his work." - Sean Kirst