• 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...
  • The Mess Hall Mess
    I stared helplessly at the neatly typed breakfast instruction sheet sitting on the mess hall desk in front of me.  ...using number 10 browning trays, place 100 pounds of ground beef in ovens preheated at 275 degrees...  What the fuck was a number 10 browning tray????  I didn’t even know how to turn on the ovens!  I knew one thing for sure; it was nowhere like cooking from a Bet...
  • Bumped up Bumpkin
    On a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, I was suddenly and happily bumped up to business class.  Over the years I had flown many times, always economy class; And the international flights had always been on 747 Jumbo jets. but flying international business class had been a whole new world for me.  I was enthralled by the 100% more spacious seats and superb service.  I even had a pers...
  • No Raise, Praise
    I thought it was time to ask the boss of my English Teaching Company in Japan for a raise.  Though he was Japanese, I felt comfortable speaking with him in his nearly perfect English.  After presenting my proposal, I closed, "...and therefore, I would like a pay raise.”“I see Robert,” my boss replied, “I’ll think about it.”I left the office feeling pretty sure that I had succeeded in my ...


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