by Daniel A. Grunberg -- Kensington, Maryland U.S.A I was born in Belgium, a couple of years before World War II started. Although my father was born in Belgium and my mother was born in New York, both of my parents were American citizens in business in Antwerp. The situation in Germany was not fully reported in the European press, but, fortunately for us, early in 1939 my New York grandparents made an extremely expensive trans- Atlantic phone call, to talk some sense into my parents. We returned home, almost immediately. A few days after Canada declared war on Germany, my father, who was too old for the U.S. Army, went north to Canada to enlist. He was given a battery of aptitude tests, and my amateur-musician father aced the rhythmic-pattern telegraphy-aptitude test. The Canadian Army trained my father to be a signalman. When my father returned from the war, he wrote the Morse code's dits and dahs, and the phonetic alphabet's Ables, Bakers, and Charlies on my toy blackboard. Five years later, I studied from that blackboard to become a ham.
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