On a cold, snowy December day I came into this world in Pittsburgh Pa. In May of 1971, after spending the first 24 years of my life growing up in the East, my husband Jim and I boarded a TWA flight to a city called Tucson. We had never been here, knew no one, had no jobs, no place to live and no car. Two years earlier we had driven out West and spent a couple of days in Phoenix. We decided we wanted to move West. Shortly after our vacation Newsweek Magazine published an article declaring Phoenix would become the LA of the Southwest. How did they know? That is why we chose Tucson.
When we left Pittsburgh the trees were bursting with the green of spring and the rivers were running, full of water. As we circled to land, a woman sitting beside us told us the names of the mountains surrounding the city. Little did I know then how much I would come to love them. We first set foot in the city on the tarmac of Tucson International Airport, years before jet-ways. We rented a car and headed North by way of South 6th, surrounded by brown, brown and more brown. Our destination was West Miracle Mile, where all the reputable motels were located in the early 1970’s. We decided to be tourists for a week and explore our new home.
We found a place to live. Three weeks after our arrival I was hired by Mountain Bell, now CenturyLink. I had worked for Bell of Pennsylvania for three years in Pittsburgh. We began to settle into the place we would call home. Learning how to pronounce street names, when people mentioned beans they weren’t talking about Campbell’s Pork & Beans, being introduced to Mexican food and the rich culture of the Hispanic and Native American communities.
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