Roberta writes a letter from (old) Vienna to John, who is in the hospital with typhoid fever which he contracted during a trip to Mexico. Not sure if there was a prohibition of using the word "Van" but "you-know-what" seems to be the term used instead. Transcription follows.
July 27, 1973
Hello John -
Got Mom's letter today about you being in the hospital – I really feel bad that I'm not there in your "time of need" but know Mom was there, and I can just see her playing "Nancy the Nurse"! I hope by now you are at home - well on the road to recovery!!
Good Sam. Hospital is where Cheryl Rogers - my girl-friend works - did you be chance get to see her? How were all those Nuns?
I sure thought about you tonight as we went to the really big amusement park in Vienna. I got really brave - I rode the Biggest roller -coaster. It went 70 m.p.h. Wow - was it scary! I sure wished that you & Nicky could have been there!! I also went on the Ferris Wheel. It was SO BIG! The sears are actual railroad cars! It took 15 minutes to make a complete round! And the view was really something!
When I get home we will have to fill the "you-know-what" full of people and go to King's Island again! Mom - want to go again?
In Vienna we really aren't staying in a hotel - it is like a college dorm - and sure looks like one. Some priest of the Catholic Church runs the place. We are on the 7th floor - you wouldn't believe the elevator! Holds 2 people - so after standing in line awhile you decide that the stairs really aren't that BAD!
Mom - I'll have to try some Hot Chocolate w/whipped cream. It really sounds good - as it has been pretty cold! I'm glad I brought my sweater!
Thanks for sending Joe & Peggy [Fawley?] an iron! I know they will appreciate it!
John - I've seen alot of stamp stores over here. Would have bought you some but of course don't know anything about the "things" myself.
Well, I hope you are feeling much better – Be deciding where you want to go in the 'you-know-what" when I get home!
I heard from Dad today – also Aunt Mary and Janice Carroll (and Mom). I wrote Serena this morning - so really has been a "family day!"
Hello to All!
I'll write again –
Lots of Love, Bert