Extra! Extra! In addition to the scrapbook photographs in WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE . . .we ‘ve included more photos.
UNIVERSITY OF PARIS MEDICAL SCHOOL STUDENTSMy father’s medical school class, University of Paris Medical School –Georges Narboni-seated on windowsill. 1912
GEORGES NARBONICaptain French Army
Legion d’Honneur pour Faits de Guerre, Croix de Guerre with 1 palm, 3 stars
MY ORIGINAL BIRTHDAY SUIT, 1924
GINO NARBONI, 1925In the beginning—Constantine, Algeria.
TRANSPORTATIONFrench-made automobile: Hotchkiss, circa 1930, in Luchon, France Left to right-- Standing: My cousin, Claude Narboni. Seated (left to right) Yvan, my cousin, Nicole Narboni, Mario, and me.
THE THREE NARBONI BOYS IN SANDALS 1933From left-right
Yvan, Mario, Gino
HAUTEVILLES LOMPNES, 1936My Mother, Aurette Narboni, during her sanitarium stay in the Jura, a mountainous region in eastern France.
PRE-WAR CONSTANTINE, 1935A picture of Constantine, Algeria, my home town. The large bridge is built over a deep gorge 300 feet below. In the distance are the Jebel Ouash mountains. This professional photo dates from the 1930s.
1935 Narboni 001FAMILY HOME, CONSTANTINE, ALGERIA
Our house in Sidi-Mabrouk, 1935
LUCIEN DANINOS, 1936My uncle, Lucien, a tenor at the Opera Comique in Paris.
UNOFFICIAL PHOTO, 1940Prior to taking my Bac exam in Constantine. My father made me shave my goatee because he felt the examiner would object to my appearance.
MESSAGE TO THE FRENCH—CHARLES de GAULLEThis is a copy of the poster that was placed on London walls after Charles de Gaulle made his appeal to French citizens worldwide. The text of the speech was a call to arms. His words are credited as the beginning of the French Resistance movement. I still have this facsimile of the poster since 1940.
THE GET AWAY VEHICLE, 1943The truck that took us (deserters) from Algiers, Algeria to Kairouan, Tunisia.
FIGHTING FOR FRANCE, 1943Orders for my induction into Forces Françaises Libre
(Free French Forces), 23 May, 1943.
RAYAK AIR BASE, 1943Casually dressed, I’m on the right in my underwear.
AWOL TO BAALBEK, 1943In the memoir, (page 47) I mention our unauthorized visit to the ruins at Baalbek. Here’s photographic proof.
AUTOGRAPH BOOK, 1944Like others in this era, I had an autograph book. This is an entry written by my American flight instructor, Harold Ackerman.
HAWTHORNE SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS, 1944November 14, 1944—My first solo flight; Hawthorne School of Aeronautics, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Standing in front of PT-17 airplane. Following tradition, I could now wear my goggles facing forward. Prior to solo flight, the pilot trainee wore the goggles reversed, 1944.
INDUCTION INTO THE SOCIETY , 1944Part of the ceremony for student pilots after they complete their first solo flight. No instructor, no help. It’s into the wide blue yonder all alone. Upon landing, the new pilot is greeted by his classmates with a ceremonial dousing. This is one bath taken fully dressed. For me, this important day was November 14, 1944.
SHORT SNORTERThe Short-Snorter--This dollar bill, signed by my instructor, confirms the date of my first solo flight. If I ran into him at any time and he asked to see it, I had to produce it or buy him a drink (Short-Snorter). It is still in my wallet, 70 years later.
A PROUD MOMENT, 1944Here I am, with my flight instructor, Harold Ackerman (center) and a classmate, whose name I no longer remember. Mr. Ackerman was a civilian instructor at the Hawthorne School of Aviation in Orangeburg, SC. Our class of French aviation cadets spent 10 weeks here for our basic flying course.
GRADUATION PARADE, HAWTHORNE SCHOOL OF AERONAUTICS, ORANGEBURG, SC.Can you spot me in this graduation parade? Even though there’s no way of identifying my place in this ceremony, I was there for this important period in my young life.
PICNIC IN THE PARK, 1944It wasn’t all work and no play during flight training. This moment was during a picnic organized by a group of ladies in Birmingham, AL during Basic Training at Gunter Field, Montgomery, AL, 1944.
YVAN, READY TO FIGHT FOR FRANCE, 1944My brother, Yvan, in Zouave uniform.
MY AMERICAN HOSTESS—SELFRIDGE ARMY AIR BASE, MI.This woman invited my classmates and I to lunch many times during our final stop in our flight school odyssey. Unfortunately, I do not remember her name, but I remember her kindness.
ISRAELI COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE, 1951Israeli Commercial Pilot License issued April 7, 1951.
50TH EL AL FLIGHT, 1951This photo was taken as the crew and invited dignitaries returned to Israel after completing the 50th flight between Tel Aviv and Vienna, Austria. I’m on the far right.
USAF--GERMANY, 1955Staff Sergeant Gino Narboni, Rhein Main Air Base, Germany.
YOUNGER AND THINNER—L.-R. Gino, Georges, our father, and my brother Mario. My father, who had chronic lung problems from exposure to mustard gas during WWI, traveled yearly to Luchon, a spa town in the Pyrenees. Here Georges bathed in the thermal springs as a part of inhalation therapy.
STILL TRAVELING, 1956This time, I’m sitting on a ledge overlooking a bridge in Luxembourg. I don’t know when I had time to work.
MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER, 1956My mother Aurette and I during an Italian holiday
ON THE RIVIERA, 1956In the memoir, (page 115) there’s a story about a summer rental. This is a photo of that house, lacking only indoor plumbing to make it perfect., 1956
DEACONESS HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADUATION, 1961This photo does not do justice to the girl I married. In my memoir, Charlotte mentions that I dated all her classmates before I discovered her. Hmm . . .
FRENCH MEDICAL LICENSE , 1961Georges Narboni’s medical license for 1961. Although my parents lived in Constantine, Algeria, the license address is Paris, because Algeria was still considered a French state.
MY FIRST YEAR AS A PHYSICIAN, 1961
LETTERS TO MY LOVEA partial representation of the letters I wrote to Charlotte during the past half century. She says she has every one.
WeddingFollowing our marriage ceremony, Lancaster, PA, Dec. 20, 1962
MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE , 1964Charlotte and I in Las Vegas.
LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL USAF, 1968Resident in Internal Medicine, 1965-1968. This photo appeared in the Letterman Hospital monthly bulletin.
RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE, GERMANY, 1970Here I am with Charlotte and Colonel X (a broader description of Colonel X is given in the memoir). The date was January 20, 1970, the official ceremony “pinning on” for my silver oak leaves, the insignia of a lieutenant colonel.
RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE, GERMANY, 1970B Gino & NicoleThe unofficial ceremony followed, with Nicole Narboni, age five, helping her father pin on his new silver oak leaves.
BUYING BREAD, 1972One of the greatest pleasures of life in France adopted by Nicole and Cecile at an early age. We still have the 1970 Green Mercedes pictured in the rear of the photograph.
OFFICIAL USAF PHOTO, 1980
WINGS, 1980Actual wings and medallions I was authorized to wear—Top Left to-right: French Air Force pilot wings, patch worn on my uniform as a French pilot cadet, Free French pilot insignia; Center: USAF pilot wings; Bottom, Left-right: USAF Chief Flight Surgeon wings, Israeli Air Force pilot wings.
IN THE NEWS--MY CONDUCTING DEBUT, 1985If you look closely, you will find a small mention of my performance during my conducting debut, Saturday, November 16, 1985.
IN THE NEWS—SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 1987Here’s another article about my travels through life. San Antonio Express-News, Friday, December 11, 1987.
MUSICAL INSPIRATION, 1990In my conducting mode—Gino Narboni
IS THERE ANOTHER DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?, 1992Nicole Narboni, receiving her Doctor of Musical Arts, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University, 1992.
JULIA AND HER GREATEST ADMIRERS, 2001Left to right: Cecile, Mrs. Child, Charlotte, Gino.
A FAMILY PORTRAIT, 2013Left to right: Nicole, Cecile, Gino, and Charlotte, 2013.
CHARLOTTE’S COUSCOUS, 2013As good as my mother made. Charlotte’s assistant, Batman, is taking a break from his labor.
GINO IN MEXICOCelebrating his 85th birthday in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
THE BIRTHDAY SUIT, 1976Wichita Falls, TX with Charlotte and friend, Nancy Snow, 1976.
THE BIRTHDAY SUIT, 2003New York City, Charlotte and I, 2003
THE BIRTHDAY SUIT, 2013San Francisco My official 90th Birthday Portrait, 2013.