Peter Shelton

A Home in 30,000 Pieces, Delivered

Posted in Road Trips West by pshelton on June 29, 2013

Sears, Roebuck and Company “Modern Homes” get most of the ink. But Montgomery Ward, Sears’ Chicago-based competitor and predecessor, actually, in the mail-order catalogue business, sold kit homes, too, something like 25,000 of them between the years 1909 and 1932.

I found one a couple of miles out the Dry Creek Valley east of Ridgway, a four-gable, white clapboard place at the edge of the irrigated hay fields. (more…)

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An American Abroad, der letzte Part

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on June 27, 2013

The American Field Service, which arranges international student exchanges, was born in war. A group of young Americans living in Paris in 1914 volunteered as ambulance drivers during World War I. Following the Second World War, they organized to send high school students from Europe to America, and vice versa. (more…)

An American Abroad, Part Zwei

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on June 20, 2013

I hadn’t been in Heilbronn a day when Mutti decided I had a fever and needed to “sweet” it out. “You sweet it out, Petey.” (more…)

An American Abroad

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on June 13, 2013

The summer started off on two wrong feet.

My eight weeks abroad with the American Field Service was taking me to Germany. I hadn’t studied German in high school; I’d taken French. I wanted to go to France. Or, failing that, to Mauritius, where they spoke French and a gorgeous, turquoise, left point break curled across the reef. I’d seen the pictures in Surfer magazine. (more…)

The Fight on Everest

Posted in At the Movies, More Sport, Watch columns by pshelton on June 6, 2013

I wish I could have been there for the Everest 50th anniversary show at Mountainfilm, with Jim Whittaker, Tom Hornbein and Conrad Anker. (more…)