But my favorite item that my rat pack Dad saved for me to unearth 63 years later is the actual bill from my birth! It is on The Hospital stationery (that is what the Sidney hospital was named) dated Oct. 2, 1949. It is an itemized bill, and it’s an eye-opener.
“Room Charge (six days): $45.00 Delivery Room charge: $15.00. Drugs (mother): $3.60. Nursery Charge: $10.00. Dressings and Baby Beads: $4.00.” So the total cost for the arrival of “Big Chuck” was a whopping $77.60.
At first I was dumbstruck to think that my father kept this receipt for more than six decades. And then I got to thinking. Maybe he was going to return me someday!
I’ll catch you in two ...
“Big Chuck” D’IMPERIO can be heard on weekdays beginning at 6 a.m. on WDOS-AM 730 in Oneonta, and also on Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. on WSRK-FM 103.9 for his “Oldies Jukebox Show.” You can find “Big Chuck” on Facebook under Upstate New York Books. He invites you to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/bigchuck.