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Letter remembering Fred Gothard

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

I have been a friend of Fred’s for over 50 years. We met at a mutual friend’s house, big Ed and Eddy. He had just moved from New Orleans to San Francisco. We both had been in the army in South Korea at the same time, but did not know each other. He was at the port where he learned shipping/freightforwarding. I had also recently moved to San Francisco. We both needed an apartment. As it turned out I found a small “Earth Quake” house (built after the 1906 quake.) Then a friend of Fred’s, Tony came up from L.A. for a visit, and he stayed. A few weeks later another friend, big Fred, came up from L.A. and he found work and would fly up every few weeks. So now we have four people living in a small house that you had to step outside just to change your mind. So we found a much larger place. Fred, before his army service, graduated from the University of Colorado, Fort Collins. In San Francisco he worked for a large shipping and freight company. Tony and Big Fred formed a partnership and made show costumes and eventually moved to Las Vegas. I had visited the ranch several times over the years and knew Helen and John. I had visited Tony and Big Fred in Las Vegas and ended up opening a store. Shortly, Fred got a job with a San Francisco company to open a store for “show goods” in Las Vegas. After a few years I closed my store and went to work for Tony and Big Fred making show head dresses. The four of us would get together at times.

After a few years we moved the business to Los Angeles and Fred stayed at the show goods store for a year or so.

We all lost track of each other and I found out later that Fred had moved to Long Beach and worked for a specialty freight company moving convention shows all over the world. I did find him in Long Beach and talked to him on the phone. I don’t know when he moved back to Globe and went to work for one of the mines.

After I retired and started to travel the Southwest I would stop by to see Fred and come down for Thanksgiving for a week.

So long my friend... George

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