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George Maeyama

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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My mom, Dottie Ross, worked for George and Jo for 18 years. It was the most wonderful experience for her - she loved to decorate the front window and being able to read all the books she wanted to. I had the opportunity to work for them as well and it was terrific! Mom and I send our thoughts to the family.

Josephine (wife), Robert (son), Kim (granddaughter), Judi (daughter-in-law), George Maeyama, Nicole (great-granddaughter)

I just ran across a link to Mr. Maeyama's obituary and am so sorry to have read about his death. What a fantastic man he was, who helped instill in me - and so many others - a lifelong love of reading and books. He was always ready to make a geat recommendation for any kid who was interested in reading; I always loved going to Maeyama's Book Store when I was little with my Mom and later with friends after I was old enough to drive. Mr. Maeyama meant a great deal to all the kids in early Park...

I worked for George and Jo in the early 70's. I was fresh out of high school and it was a great way to enter the work force before going off to college. George and Jo were wonderful bosses to have. Fair and supportive of their employees. Two memories ( among many) stand out for me. The first was trying to convince George to stock Abbie Hoffman's book "Steal This Book" which George was less than thrilled to have on his shelves for obvious reasons because of the title. He did relent...

My mother informed me a couple days ago of George's passing. Since then I've been looking through old photo albums of our trips to Tucson to visit George. Our first trip was in the winter of 2007. He had already moved onto Broadway Place. While waiting for him to come off the elevator there, I was trying to prepare Bart (and myself) for a possible slow moving elderly man. But George erased that silly image by leaping, bounding, exploding out of the elevator, and said "are you up for a...

In the 1970's I was looking for a way to help finance my children's college education. My son, Mark had worked in the stock room for the Maeyamas and as I was walking through the Park Forest Plaza I noticed that there was a "help wanted" sign in the Maeyama's store window. I paced back and forth 'til my courage grew and went into the store. When I gave George my name he asked "Are you Mark's mother?" When I answered yes, he hired my immediately! Our family spent each...

I had the pleasure of living across the street from the Maeyama's and Merry (as we called her then) was my first childhood friend. My mom bought me my first book at the store and as I got older, Maeyama's was always a stop on Saturday trips to the Plaza with my friends. I always felt very special going into the store because Mr. And Mrs. Maeyama always greeted me so warmly. It is a true pleasure to have known this family.

As one of the few left who have lived in Park Forest since its beginning days, I have thanked George Maeyama and Jo back then -- and since -- for the lift and the culture that their bookstore gave our village for so many years . . . and for the warmth and courtesy shown always to those who entered. It was a joy and a pleasure. After the Maeyamas moved to Tucson, I recall the good times spent with them and the Barthoffs on my many visits there.

To my family and me, George has...

I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. My mom would stop in and talk to Mr. Maeyama about certain books. We lived by your dads Mother. Every once in awhile when talking about Park Forest your dads bookstore would come up.Thank You Mr. Maeyama.

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George's Obituary

Maeyama, George 99, passed away peacefully in Tucson on June 8, 2013. Born in Chicago on October 4, 1913 to Sentaro and Midori Maeyama who had emigrated from Japan, he attended John Fiske School, Hyde Park High School, and University of Michigan where he studied engineering. He married Josephine...

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