• Road to Hawaii
    (1965)  Away after three years in the U.S. Army in Germany; Away after three years of not going to Vietnam, but being told (and believing) it was a righteous cause;  Away after three years of eternity, I finally returned to my home in New Jersey.  Twenty-one and new to adult civilian life, I spent my time sleeping, getting drunk, and getting hum-drum part-time jobs.  It took ab...
  • The Surfing Lesson
    It was 1965 and the beginning of my first summer back in New Jersey after finishing a three-year U.S. Army stint in Germany.  My old car (the junk I left behind when I enlisted), which had been waiting for me on my return, ran for a few months before it finally petered out--irrevocably.  This is where my story begins:  Not having any wheels, I had been hitchhiking that summer aftern...
  • Tale of Two Taxis
    Arriving at JFK, the taxi driver idly stood by and watched as I lifted my two heavy suitcases out of his trunk.  From all the money in my pocket, all the money I had saved to take to Hawaii--about fifty dollars,  I counted out the exact fare and handed it to the driver.  Instead of getting in his taxi and driving away, he just stood there, waiting with his hand held out.Realizing wh...
  • Japanese Opposites
    My life here in Japan has neverending surprises and realizations.  One realization has been that many things are opposite from America.  For example:Open 9:00 AM-Closed 6:00 PM in Japan is Open AM 9:00-Closed PM 6:00Doctor Smith in Japan is Smith DoctorWhere is the station? in Japan is The station is Where?A Black & white TV in Japan is  A white and black TV3 & 2 (3 balls, 2...
  • Lost and Found
    When a teenager in 1960, I was told I needed eyeglasses.  I hated them!  They made the backs of my ears ache, the bridge of my nose hurt, and when I walked in from the cold, the lenses fogged up.  The only reason I wore the glasses was that they made me see better.  I didn't want my friends or anybody to see me in the stupid-nerd-looking eyeglasses, so I bought a pair of cool-l...


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