Victor Lundberg - An Open Letter

Available for the first time! It’s like having your aged right-wing grandfather harrangue you– in stereo! Angry Conservative rants concerning smelly hippies and draft-dodgers, read by professional voice-over talent, layered over a bizzare mix of easy listening music. Bubbling with hate and mellow tunes, the total effect is surreal, dated and topical, all at once. Just begging to be put into somebody’s video project or mashup album.

Listen: An Open Letter To My Teenage Son (Battle Hymn of the Republic)

Listen: To The Flower Power (Moonlight Sonata)

Want to see the back cover?


The Victor Lundberg – An Open Letter – at mediafire:

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=50303f3a2026a2945a3d773badf214303088787c2f1cfd4c61390143435ec59c


Isn’t this intereting! Three Lundberg family members posting comments on the same site. A nephew and second cousin and we are each estranged from one another. Hey to you Tamii and I am aware of the many of us out there who are related to one another. Thank you for taking time to post. Do you know the names and/or whereabouts of Ted’s 2 children or his wife? I would love to tell them how remarkable their father/husband was and how very much he was loved by others in this family. He and Vic were not on great terms when Ted passed. Not that that matters. It would be nice to see Ted in his children and hear their memories of him. David certainly sounds like a warm and thoughtful man. I hope he checks back in sometime.

Regards,

Terri


Hey Terri,
I will talk to my Dad to see if he remembers Ted and his Family and if he has any info for you. Take care!

Tamii


Hey Tamii,

I’m sure your father will remember that my sister’s name is Tami…not a nickname…just Tami. However, she has simply been “sister” for more years than I can remember and I probably don’t speak her given name but once every few years.

It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen anyone in your family. Frankly, I’m not even certain that the names are logged correctly in my memory. It seems that Kate and Ed’s children were Arlene, Karen, David, Ed, and Tom. That’s digging through the cobwebs though so please accept my apology if I have mis-stated names.

I also seem to recall that Arlene loved to sew and, as a teenager, ran the machine needle through her finger. There is also a lingering memory of Kate and Ed having an indoor grill and nervous chihuahuas.

My brother may have had a bit of a crush on one of the gals. I distincly recall all of them singing and dancing to Elvis. Another lifetime so many years past.

Here’s hoping your dad knows of Ted. He left CA for Michigan in 1955. If he ever made trips back to CA we were not aware. There may have been family reunions though that could have brought him back.

Ciao for now.


David,

Sorry you haven’t checked back with this blog of sorts. Sister and I were contemplating coming to MI this Spring but then got news that Alma (maternal uncle’s surviving wife who lived in MI) recently died. As part of the motivation to journey that direction had to do with seeing Alma, we thought rather that we would head to S.F. where there is also much family from mom’s side.

We are committed though to making MI next year. Sister will be calling your folks and making the arrangements for 2011. We have many relatives there from both sides of the family…cousins exclusively I think now.

Anyway, it would be nice to meet with you. Sister indicated that you are, perhaps, a wildlife/hunting guide, working from Montana to Michigan. Sounds good to us if you are available without schedule conflicts.

I and my partner don’t presently hunt but are enthusiastic about guns and shoot when time allows. Cattle, however, occupy more time than we would prefer so leisure activities are back-burnered.

Here’s hoping that your life is full of health and happiness.

Ciao for now,

Terri


This whole VL section has really turned out to be a very interesting since I first discovered it 4 or 5 years ago.

But it’s got me think this.

Is it just me or does it seem like there’s just too many famous people who seem to wind up having so much trouble?

I don’t neccesarly put famous people on pedestals but always something when one like Lundberg who probably seemed like a well off person to those who idolized him, and as we see hearing from family mebmers here, he was far from that.

So odd.


What a fascinating series of messages, and in particular, the thoughtful and candid insights of Terri Lundberg. I am quite astounded that in the wake of her searing commentary, other people simply ignore the import of her words and write about how patriotic and meaningful his own words were in the song. I remember the song very well. It was October 1967, and I was recovering in Newport Naval Hospital after being blinded in my right eye. Instead of reveille, the nurse in the station would play music on a loudspeaker at 0600 each morning. It was usually Archie Bell and the Drells singing, “Tighten Up.” Occasionally it was the Beegees singing, “Going Back to Massachusetts.” And then for several mornings it was Mr. Lundberg. I can’t speak for my fellow vets, but to me it was such bullshit. It definitely woke me up. I had no truck with draft card burners, but I didn’t volunteer so that someone like mr. Lundberg could preach to me with patriotic music in the background. For all of the mellifluous voice, he sure sounded like a phony to me. I only found this blog because after forty plus years, I wanted to find out who the guy was who ticked me off so much during the months I lay there in that hospital. Thank you for being so honest Terri, and I hope that it has been helpful to put your memories down in such a candid way. Bob


HELLO TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE POSTED COMMENTS ,AND I,M VERY GLAD I STUMBLED ON TO THIS SIGHT TOTALLY BY ACCIDENT.IWAS DOING SOME MUSIC RESEARCH THE OTHER NIGHT .WELL I AM 47 YEARS OLD NOW , AND IWAS OF AGE OLD ENOUGH IN 1968 TO REMEMBR THE LETTER .AS I GREW UP I LOST THE 45 THAT MY DAD HAD GIVEN ME BY VICTOR LUNDBERG,AS WELL NOW AS I CAN RELATE TO THE VIETNAM ERA AS COMPARED TO TODAY,S IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ,BOTH MY FATHER AND UNCLE ARE VETERANS OF THAT ERA . I WILL TRY TO COME TO THE POINT. ICAME ACROSS AN OPEN LETTER ON YOU-TUBE PLEASANTLY TO MY SURPRISE AS SOME OF MY FRIENDS AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT IT ON FACEBOOK .BUT READING ALL THAT I HAVE THIS MORNING HAS BEEN AN EYE OPENER FOR ME .EVEN THOUGH TH LETTER IS STILL AS RELEVANT TODAY AS IT WAS BACK THEN.AND TERRI I APPRECIATE , THE CMMENTS AND SHARING PART OF YOUR LIFE BY TAKING THE TIME TO DICUSS ,YOUR FEELINGS AND EXPERIENCES ,ON 1 LEVEL I CAN CERTAINLY RELATE TO YOUR UPBRINGING ALTHOUGH VERY DIFF. IT WAS MY MOTHER WHO WAS MORE THE BAD GUY IF YOU WILL ,AND SHE HAS SINCE PASSED WHEN SHE WAS 60 YEARS OLD. AND I HAD BEEN RESEARCHING MY BRAIN FOR THE B- SIDE OF THE LETTER UNTIL JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO.BY DISCOVERING IT FROM ONE OF THE OTHER MANS COMMENTS .ANY WAY I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE TIME YOU TOOK TO COMMENT CANDIDLY ON YOUR BACK GROUND ,


I enjoyed listening to the letter. It relly doesn’t matter to me who narrated it. Did this guy Lundberg write it? I enlisted in the USMC because I knew I was going to be drafted. Is this a family blog?


Barry, this is not a family blog, just estranged people meeting on the `net. It was interesting to find out what sort of person Victor Lundberg actually was.


I was a co-worker with Barbara at Lesco Homes, Martinsville, VA, 1959/60. Any informtion on her would be most appreciated. This is strictly for Auld Lang Syne sake.
Victor Lundberg, her husband, was the Sales Manager at the local Chrysler dealership.

Thank you in advance!


CLEAR


Jesse,

Sorry to say that I believe Barbara has passed. Their sons are well, last I heard, and living in Michigan. David might be the person to contact for memories about his mom. Good luck in your pursuit.


TERRI:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPLY. WHILE NOT WHAT I WISHED, IT’S GOOD TO HAVE CONFIRMATION.

I WISH YOUR AND YOURS A LONG AND HAPPY LIFR


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Wow! It has been some time since I’ve visited this site. Thought I would leave a few tidbits of news in that there are still those who seem to have interest.
The 100 year Lundberg family reunion happened this summer in Michigan. While we were unable to attend, David, our younger brother did. Oddly, or perhaps appropriately so, our branch of the family was the lost branch. Many Lundberg’s were simply amazed to have finally found our line of descendants. Amusing, really!
David had a wonderful time of it as reported to sister, who, as I have said, has contact with David. Farming is a long family tradition dating back to our gypsy roots in Varmland, Sweden. David is an organic farmer (who had no idea it was in his DNA) and fit right in with the clan. Relatives were delighted to know that all of us are out there.
Perhaps we will attend next year’s event. While on our schedule for this past summer, we just could not make it work.
Three of Vic’s known five children have faired well in life. That is some gratifying to know. Two sons have suffered more than any human should have to under any circumstances. 60 % is a bleak average in child rearing. But there you have it! Honest, heartfelt and without hostility.
Let us hope that the true message in any lyrics that Victor Lundberg uttered is that our humanity is our essence. The meaningful imprint we leave upon one another and this planet is now and will always be our humane care of one another.
Blessings be to all that ever take time to read this. And, finally, I would suggest that you be your own hero. Foster that in yourself that you look for in others.
Signing off!


Fascinating to read about the man as I recall hearing this album at a friend’s house several years back when we listened to, as usual, some 1960s music. Had never heard about the album so I was pretty fascinated at the time, regardless if the subject matter was such patriotic shit! (no offence…)

Anyhow, thanks for sharing all you have so far, Terri.
I wish you a good life futurewise.

Greetings from Sweden.


It has been nearly two years since I last checked in on this site. It is quite pleasing to see that the wonderment may have finally been dispelled.
To my Swedish relatives and onlookers (perhaps now gone), greetings to you all. Sister and I hope to journey there before we grow too old as many cousins have now had contact with us from Sweden as a result of our genealogical research. The research has been tremendously beneficial. Not only have we discovered a huge family tree both here and in Sweden but it has also helped us, in some small way, to get a different understanding of why Vic Lundberg Sr. may have been the person he was.
Life is a journey and its melody will long out last us despite those who would rather re-score this music.
Blessings be!