About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!



When I walked in for my ear doctor’s appointment to get my ears cleaned, I had to fill out two sheets of information and I had fun joshing the three gals about this. [ Read More ]

The Blues Brothers, Dog Edition


Many years ago I was walking down the street with my camera and when I saw these two dogs I snapped the picture and kept walking. I have no idea who the dogs belonged to. [ Read More ]

Getting An Oil Change


We went to the Toyota dealership to have an oil change for Gloria’s 2007 Camry. Right off the bat, the service guy said we had some heavy stuff to be done. [ Read More ]

Drawing A Bead On Freedom


Back when I was a third-year plumbing apprentice, our firm won the bidding for a lucrative job—installing all the fixtures in the cells being built in the new addition at Chicago’s Cook County jail. [ Read More ]

The Perfect Solution


Last night, I was watching the Chicago Bulls game, and one of the many commercials actually struck such a chord so I immediately ran for a pen before the telephone number had faded away.  [ Read More ]

Spring Fever


Spring is here! Especially for these landscapers. [ Read More ]

Loco Gringo


The setting for this story is Ixtapa, Mexico on one of our infrequent vacations. I was told to be very careful of the treacherous undertow but daredevil that I am, I paid no heed to this. [ Read More ]

The Nutcracker


My grandmother was very special to me. She made me her first assistant when it came to making challah. It seemed like magic to me when she took a large lump of dough, kneaded it, and when it came out toasted from the oven, it was incredibly delicious. [ Read More ]



Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched?  The picture taken was of an optometrist’s window display. [ Read More ]

The Wedding Ring

I lost a lot of weight which is not a bad thing, except my ring finger had shrunk. Working in my garden, my hand got so sweaty I lost my wedding ring in the grass. [ Read More ]

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