Archive for December, 2007

Turkish Millionaire

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Well, I have been counting the value of my Turkish lira from my second trip there in 1993, thirty years to the month after my 18-month Air Force assignment.  I now think I should have invested in Turkish towels or Turkish delight or something other than cash.  I have a million lira note and a 500,000 lira note.  Together, back in the early 1960s when I was first in Turkey with the Air Force, the exchange rate for nine lira for one dollar.  At that rate these two bills would have been worth $166,666.66 back them.   

I looked up the history of Turkish inflation and by 2004 one U.S. dollar would have exchanged for 1,350,000 lira.  On January 1, 2005, the government dropped six zeros and came out with the “new lira.”  I understand that the government continues to accept the old lira.  The problem is that the exchange rate for the old lira to U.S. dollars is 1,000,000 to one. 

Although I might convince someone in the United States that I could be a millionaire, the dollar value of my two big bills in Turkey is now a dollar and a half.  A million is not a big as it once was.   



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Robert White and the Sutherlin Land Around Leemont Cemetery in Danville, Virginia

Monday, December 31st, 2007

         In 1945, at the end of World War II, my family moved back to their house they built on Washington Street in 1927.  They rented the house since they moved to Blairs in 1939.  Julian Burton and family lived in the house part of the time.  Next door was Grandma Jones and daughter Florence’s family.  Across Perry’s spring branch from where I was raised, on the eastern side of Claiborne Street, was the White Farm.  I later found many early records about the first White to settle there in 1833.  Robert White, who was born in 1788 in New Jersey, married Mary about 1817.  Their first son William Mortimer White was born in 1818 and died in 1887.  (more…)

Hello world!

Monday, December 31st, 2007

This is Danny Ricketts.  Collector of everything, keeper of not as much as I once did.  Nancye says that I have an acquisition complex.  Usually, after I have had something for a while, I’m ready to part with it; with a few exceptions, one being my wife Nancye. 

Nancye and I have been married for over 40 years now. Back in 1968, she was too young to be married in Virginia, so I took her to North Carolina for the wedding. Rev. Dan Jones (same name as my grandfather) married us in Reidsville.  

Here she is the next day.  Teenager, Nancye Barbour Ricketts, in Washington, D.C.
 Nancye in 1968 at DC


















Below is the same lady 40 years later:

Nancye 2008


















 A lot of the stuff we collected has been turned over to our children. We all have to realize that most everything else is temporary.

I seem to turn up more than enough interesting facts, maps, pictures and stuff about local history. I am Danville, Virginia’s poster child, so to speak. Thanks for taking a look.