Every visit to Volunteer Park or the museum included a camel ride. Here, my brother and I are intrepid travelers braving the arid wastes. One of my most vivid SAM memories is being taken to see the movie “Alice in Wonderland” — not the animated version, but with actors— Cary Grant and WC Fields. I was about three, and had never seen a movie before. I was terrified and had to be taken home. And about thirty years later falling in love with Bartok at the Sunday afternoon chamber concerts.
I have a dim, flickering memory of this visit to the museum. It was 1955, and I was about 3 1/2. As always, my mom faced me right into the sun, so I was squinting. Glad to be one of many, many generations to be photographed astride the camels!
This photo is of my brother & myself circa 1959. On the weekends, SAM was one of my dad’s favorite spots to visit, especially because of the (ill-fated) jade exhibit. We didn’t mind going though because we got to “ride” the Chinese camels. As an adult, SAAM at Volunteer Park continues to be a comforting & nostalgic place for me. Father’s Day 2018