We didn’t have NCIS when I was growing up. We didn’t even have TV. TV didn’t come to town until I was in the 5th grade. We had ‘The Shadow’ and ‘Dragnet’ on radio… and personally, I had THE GLOBE DETECTIVE AGENCY just across the street from my house!
On the corner of Peabody and Evergreen, at 801, resided the Welchels, a middle aged couple who operated the detective agency from their home. They were, wording it thoughtfully and respectfully, ‘different.’
I live at 802 for the first 19 years of my live. Mrs. Welchel was a semi-friend type of person, who ventured out of the house to shop, or for what ever purpose. But I can’t say that I ever once witnessed him leaving the premises, or even venturing onto the front porch for that matter. There were however, frequent ‘visitors’ there, who parked either in front of the house, usually, around the corner on Peabody. The Welchels owned and managed the agency… these come and go ‘visitors’ were the legs and ‘eyes’ of the company.
I was inside that house (front room only) less than 1/2 a dozen times, if that many. He was a large man, usually sitting behind that was to me a HUGE desk, that was always VERY CLUTTERED. On it were stacked with reams and reams of paper! And usually, at least one cat was sitting on a stack of paper like a fully paper-weight.
I have memory of her that will never fade — of her standing at the front door and in a shrill voice, calling the cats inside… “Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty”…. all strung out like that and run together as if it was one long word!
Evergreen was truly a street with CHARACTER!