Editor’s note: This is the 31st of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
In the early years of the Marysville Swimming Pool, during the late thirties, there was a lifeguard who worked there named Johnny Porter. Almost no one called him Johnny, however. Instead they called him, “Blackie.” He got that nickname because he could be out in the sun only a short time and then he developed the deepest tan you could ever imagine. It was a nickname that stuck with him for the rest of his life.
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