Therese Ambrosi Smith
PO Box 3593
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

Please share stories or comments about women in the 1940s, in the box below:

9 Responses to Contact

  1. Sandi Layne says:

    My aunt was a Rosie the Riveter in Long Beach, CA. Having applied for an entirely different job, she was persuaded to learn how to work with the fighter planes, instead. Her name actually is Rose Marie, so that makes it kind of cool. :)

    • Therese says:

      Hi Sandi-

      Thanks for your message. What did your “Rosie” do with fighter planes?

      When I was writing “Wax”, I interviewed a woman – in nursing school in 1941 – who thought she’d end up in the Navel Nurse Corps. Instead, she became the driver for the Admiral at Alameda Navel Air Station. It seems she knew more about cars than any of the other women; her father had owned a Ford dealership. She stayed in the Navy for thirty years.

      “Some luck lies in not getting what you wanted, but what you have, which is what you would have wanted, had you known.”

      Best regards,

  2. James "Jim" Berger says:


    Good talking to you. I look forward to reading Wax.

    Best Wishes,


  3. James "Jim" Berger says:

    I’m a retired US History teacher from Los Angeles. I currently work at UCLA as a History Coach supporting Middle School teachers. Please contact me asap since I have done some research about a few Rosie the Riveters – i.e. interviewed three interesting women who were “Rosies” in Southern California. I have videotapes and written interview manuscripts to share.
    310-710-6396 cell

  4. Doug Wells says:

    Therese – you did it! Congratulations.

  5. Petula & Dean Boland says:

    I can’t WAIT for August 20. … Absolutely LOVE the book cover.
    See you in September!
    Very Best,

  6. Marion & Roy fox says:

    I received your advanced copy of “Wax” and was thrilled seeing the actual publication. I must say that tears streamed down my face looking at the cover and your story in print. I just finished reading it and Roy is anxious to start. Can’t wait for the availability so that we can get the word out to all our friends. Here’s to a great and successful distribution. M & R

  7. Therese says:

    Thank you so much for your message. i’m glad you enjoyed the read.
    The book is dedicated to my aunt, who was a riveter during the war. Unfortunately she died before I was old enough to understand her contribution. I wish I could have heard her stories.

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