I found this odd and creepy book on e-bay: The Love Story of Mr. Schles. The little thing seems even older than it’s 1973 date. I had to get it—if only for its title. It is about the founding of the Schlesinger Geriatric Center in Beaumont, Texas. It’s written in the stilted and reverent language of a religious screed and could have been used as promotional material for the old folk’s home or perhaps it was intended as Mr. Schles’ passport to make sure he got past those pearly gates. Who knows? All I can say is it’s freaky weird.
My minor research shows that this “home” is still in use, but the place gets poor grades in online rating sites that deal with homes for the aged. I guess this place saw better days. Anyway, what a title! Who knew what treasures lay inside.
It has a photo from their “greatest day” when, in 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson visited. And includes a great letter from Barbara Bush saying how George was eager to visit, but he thought it better to wait until after the election (given the dates here, the elder Bush was likely running for congress).
From the book itself: But if the purely Christian motivation of the man has been made in the foregoing pages in even a reasonably convincing manner, then this editor will feel amply rewarded.
The Love Story of Mr. Schles is the story of a very unusual man. What a far, far better world this world would be if a whole legion of his prototypes should suddenly arise!