1312 Indiana Avenue in New Albany Indiana where I lived from 1949 to 1962 was not air conditioned until 1959, and even then the cool extended only to the living room and my parents’ bedroom. My dad must have believed that children were to be seen, not heard and to sweat. My brother Bob and I shared an attic bedroom where we sweated together.  

Southern Indiana summers are hot and humid. We did have a big fan that could be positioned to blow directly on you, but many nights I would just lie awake sweating. Usually after midnight a measure of coolness seeped in, and I would fall asleep.                                 

We were not alone. Hardly anyone had A/C. The movie theater, Sears and the department store had air conditioning, but that was about it. I suppose  having  no air conditioning made you tough, but I really think it just made you sweat. To this day I have an aversion,  bordering on fear of hot humid weather. And it’s only July 10. I think I’ll just hibernate until September. Damn the electric bill. I’m cranking up the A/C.

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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