Strange New Words
Looking back from the vantage point of half a century, many people say the event changed their lives for the better. One was Marjorie VanCott, a self-described "contented but slightly bored housewife--playing cards, Women's Club activities, and the usual civic activities.
"Along with thousands of other people, I was at Yankee Stadium watching the New York Giants playing; not too unusual. I don't remember which team won the game, what the weather was, only the brief announcement: 'Will General Donovan report to headquarters immediately.'
"It [the stadium] was quiet after that with just a steady undercurrent of concern, not excitement. We drove home by way of Bay Shore, having dinner at Cooper's Restaurant with a friend. My husband, who had been a quartermaster in the Navy in World War I, immediately talked of enlistment, and in less than six months was a lieutenant in the Coast Guard.
"When he was stationed in New York, I found an apartment for us, got a job in a bank, then followed him to San Francisco, working in an insurance company office. As soon as we got back home in 1946, I went into the insurance business, had my own agency for many years, and retired in 1987 after forty-five years of working, which I loved.
"All this was a result of Pearl Harbor."
However, for some people, the attack was almost insignificant. Initially it meant very little to people living in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, because on Saturday, December 6, a fire broke out in the local gasoline refinery and