Pappy’s “Memories”


Pappy (Bob Howington) with what would likely have been the record snook caught in Florida. He’s in his late 70s in this photo.

Around 1990, I gave “Pappy” a tape recorder and a stack of tapes, and encouraged him to record his colorful stories from his multifaceted life.  He did, and I transcribed and edited them, placing them in approximate chronological order.

You can see the words here. You can’t hear his rumbling, friendly voice nor hear the humor and love that he brought to just about everything he did, from his family to his snook fishing.  All I can do is to introduce you to a unique individual — and a unique life.

Here’s Part 1.  I’ll post one a week until they’re all up. Live a bit of yesteryear, and meet a man of many trades: coal miner, hobo, merchant marine, beer salesman, blimp pilot, insurance salesman, master machinist, master fisherman.  My father:

Robert King Howington, Feb 2 1911 — Jan 29 2000: “Pappy”


  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3
  4. Part 4
  5. Part 5
  6. Part 6
  7. Part 7