How could I have known that course in creative writing at the university night school in the San Fernando Valley was going to change my life? Back in the 1940’s I had been thrilled to be accepted in writing classes under the well-known Hudson Strode. He was teaching classes there in the 1940’s. To be accepted in his class was an honor.
But I spent most of the years after getting my degree in English working as a train hostess and an airline stewardess, later being a somewhat dutiful wife, and very soon the mother of three sons.
That night in California I read my writing submission in class; a Christmas script for a play where I was a new teacher. A lovely young lady approached me after class. She was Fred Bock’s wife. Fred was president and owner of Fred Bock Music Company in the San Fernando Valley. Lois asked if she might take the script home for Fred to read. Well, the script on hand was worn and messy from being used by me as the director, and it was amateurishly scrawled, but I agreed. How pleased (and somewhat dumbfounded) I was when wonderfully talented Fred Bock wanted to write the music to my script. I had used public domain Christmas songs with my words.
That was the beginning of my career as a writer. Fred and I wrote eleven musicals together. I was honored to have such a talented man writing the music for my songs, and he was great at writing clever lyrics, too. These plays were performed in various denominations all over America. We found a few had been performed in Europe (Paris and Zurich). I love going to churches of many denominations to hear and see our musicals performed.