By Bob Ittner
My first memory of Midland is disembarking from the Texas and Pacific railcar on a chilly night in December 1952 after leaving our sunny and green Pasadena California home to be greeted by freezing weather and brown grass. Another memory is my father and me visiting an abandoned Christmas tree lot, gathering up the trees left behind, and placing them in front of our house on 2701 North “L”.
People that we had invited for Christmas dinner drove by the house several times not recognizing our house with its new appearance. One Christmas, and it may have been when Midland was going through one of its downturns, we drove out of town and harvested a mesquite bush that had a bird’s nest and decorated it as our Christmas tree. A final remembrance is when I was in the 7thgrade winning a Christmas basketball tournament as a member of the Toads with Sikes Johnson, Jeff Edwards, Max Hendrick, Bill Ingram, and Steve Thomas.