Wednesday, March 16, 2011

16 February, 1938

On this day, according to Asimov's diary, his father's candy store was broken into for the first time.

"Three hundred dollars of cigars, cigarettes, and tobacco were gone, along with the radio, the electric clock, and sixty dollars in cash. Say four hundred dollars altogether, counting the damage to the door.

Quite a bit for a family for which every five-dollar expenditure required a council meeting.

The merchandise wasreplaced before the day was out, and the door was fixed and reinforced too. By the end of the week we had a new radio and clock, and a burglar alarm was installed. After that, the whole process of closing and opening the store had one additional delight. My father would set the alarm, close the door, then open it to see if it was working. R--ring-ggg would go the alarm at 1 am.

In the morning he would open the door and rush to insert the key and turn off the alarm, and in the interim, r-ring-gg it would go at 6 am. [His father got less than 5 hours of sleep a night, but would nap during the day.]

No one complained as far as I know, but since I have always been a light sleeper anyway, I never missed them."

(Next post...Asimov starts writing about his writing career!)

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