Happy Days in Happy, Texas

The Joys and Advantages of Growing Up in “The Town Without a Frown” after World War II

by Dr. Rickey L. Harman



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/2/2019

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781480878594
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781480878617
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 380
ISBN : 9781480878600

About the Book

It was the best of times; it was the happiest of times. Baby boomers, born in the latter part of the 1940s and into the 1950s, enjoyed an improved lifestyle after their parents survived the Great Depression and World War II. Parents could provide better lives for their children, especially for those who grew up in small communities like Happy, Texas, a small farming town in the Texas Panhandle thirty-five miles south of Amarillo and eighty-five miles north of Lubbock. The town’s moniker, “The Town Without a Frown,” really applied to these young people.

In Happy Days in Happy, Texas, author Dr. Rickey L. Harman recounts his personal experiences to describe the great life these boomers enjoyed. Because of their parents’ improving financial conditions, kids in town and in the country experienced new modern conveniences such as telephones, indoor plumbing, central heat and refrigerated air, television, automobiles, and maybe their own bedroom.

Harman examines the founding of this small community, describes what it was like growing up in Happy in the 1950s and 1960s, and discusses its gradual decline in the latter twentieth century.

About the Author

Dr. Rickey L. Harman was born and raised in Happy, Texas, and graduated from Happy High School in 1964. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Texas State University and his doctor of education from Texas Tech University. Harman spent forty-four years in education as a teacher, school administrator, and college professor. He and his wife, Judy, have been married fifty-two years and have a daughter and a grandson.