• 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...
  • To Natto or Not (Hawaii)
    Hawaii, along with its own traditional cuisine, has many foods from many places that have been incorporated into the local diet.  I loved eating the variety of foods that I had experienced since moving there.  Out of all the newfound foods, of course, there were a few that hadn't appealed to my taste, but I still could manage to comfortably eat them.  However, in my ten years in the...
  • To Natto or Not (Japan)
    After trying natto in Hawaii (even though it had been only one slimy bean), I knew it was the one food I somehow had to avoid eating in Japan.  My Japanese wife, realizing my concern, said that In Japanese society, along with the many Japanese natto lovers, there were also some avowed Japanese natto haters.  Therefore turning natto down was not only natural but completely acceptable for ...
  • Getting a High School Vacation
    In the first month of my second year as a high school freshman, I got two weeks of after-school detention for smoking in the men’s bathroom.  Then had another two weeks tacked on for throwing a paper airplane at the detention hall supervisor.  With nothing else interesting to do, I began wearing sunglasses to school.  The principal, not unexpectedly, called me in.  The burly ma...
  • Weekend Pass
    It was October 1962,  I was eighteen and starting another high school year.  Almost all of my original classmates had graduated and moved on, leaving me behind in the sophomore class.  I spent a couple lonely months in and out of school—mostly out.  Figuring I was going absolutely nowhere in my undisciplined do-nothing life, I decided to join the army.The recruiting sergeant sa...


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