• Red in the Barbarshop
    It was my first time in a barbershop.  My first time in the big barber chair.  I watched the barber in the mirror as he menacingly snipped a pair of scissors at the air above my head. “Okay Red,” he grinned, “Off it comes!” I cried.My father, his reflection in the mirror reassured me, “Don’t worry, Bunky.  It won’t hurt.”‘It won’t?” I sniffled.“Nah, you’ll be just fine,” he said.I w...
  • Choir Girl
    I had reached the age where girls’ differences, instead of being a turn-off, started to become interesting—I had no idea as to why.  There was a girl in my school called Andrea.  She was a grade above me, but we rode the same school bus and shared the same recess time on the school playground.  Andrea was my secret love.  Maybe I loved her because she was the only girl that tal...
  • Golf Stories
    It was a big house with a big front lawn, bordering a lightly traveled street called ‘Hope Road’.   Lining the other side of Hope Road road, as far as the eye could see, were hedge trees.  Wanting to know what was hidden behind the hedge trees, I asked my mother.“A golf course,” she answered. “Stay away from it.”“How can I go near it,” I said. “You won’t even let me cross the road.”...
  • Snow Days
    In the winters of my early school years, whenever the snow started to fall, I would get up really early for school—not to go to it, but to listen to the radio for the school snow closings. This continued all through high school, listening with my fingers crossed—hoping and praying, wanting to hear my school name included In the snow-day school closing list.  Not just school snow-days, but all...
  • Our Gang
    Back when I was a tot, I not only lived across the street from the Fort Monmouth Army Officer’s Golf Course, but I was also a ten-minute bicycle ride from a tiny satellite outpost off of the Fort main base.  The closest neighbors that had kids of my age lived in military housing near that satellite outpost.  Though we went to different elementary schools, they were the only kids I knew—t...


Robert Red-Baer

1950-Went to Tinton Falls Elementary School, N.J.
1962-Went to Monmouth Regional HS, N.J.
1964-Graduated US Army NCO Acadamy, Germany
1971-Graduated University of Hawaii with honors
1973-Red Heart Follies (Hawaii)
1975-Japan Prime Minister's Award (Video), among many
1985-Professor Edogawa University, Chiba Japan
2010-Retired in Japan