GrowIng up, Myron "Mouse" Berg was all about baseball. His ambition was to one day become a major league ballplayer, something his teammates on the Minnehaha Muskies didn't doubt. As sixth-graders, they won the city-wide Minneapolis Cub championship in 1957, with Mouse as the star catcher and Tom Reis the star pitcher.
Myron, as his wife Marsha calls him, continued to play ball through junior high school and into his Roosevelt years. One of his memories as a Teddy was trying to catch another pitcher, the wild-throwing Dale Hendrickson.
But by then his skills weren't carrying him as far as some other players. So after graduation Myron enrolled at the University of Minnesota to become a baseball coach and math teacher. Those didn't happen either, but no matter.
"Life has been a kick, great," Myron declared from his home in Greeley, Colo. "I would do it again. Forty-eight years married, two wonderful kids, four great grandkids. Tax accounting has been a perfect fit for me—not a real job."
When he first started at the U, Myron was living at home and dating Marsha, a 1964 Southwest graduate. He was working in the grocery business when the couple decided to get married in 1965. That changed Myron's priorities, and he dropped out of college.
In 1967 he moved to the St. Louis area to work for a cousin who had a well-established accounting firm. He later moved to Nashville, Ill., to manage the company's southern Illinois office.
Then in 1979 he got restless and moved to Hotchkiss, Colo., to buy into a tax and accounting firm. After one of his partners died, he sold out to the remaining partner in 1999 and went to work at a bank in Paonia, Colo.
"That lasted two years," Myron said. "It was eight to five, five days a week. I never had a real job before. It was work!"
So in 2001 the Bergs relocated to Greeley, to be closer to daughter Karin and her family, which includes husband Randy and two daughters. Myron works in tax accounting there, but after April 15 every year things slow down, and he isn't in the office full time.
That gives him most of the baseball season to follow his son-in-law's high school team, the Eaton Reds, winners of 10 state titles.
"I'm always at the ballpark," Myron exclaimed, certainly reliving some of his days of catching fast balls behind the plate. "But there are no baseball players in the grandkids." They're swimmers, to which he added, "I'm always at the pool."
Karin is 45 years old and son Chris, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters, is 41. Which prompted Myron to note, "We must be old to have kids that age."
He thought back to his early years and observed, "Growing up in the area around Minnehaha School was a great jump start."
Of his life during his Roosevelt years, he mentioned many happy memories: "Wendell Benson's Home Room 320. Hanging out with Tom Reis, Bob Swanson, Dave Bryant and John Moon. Heading to Charlie's A&W the day I got my driver's license. Our Hi-Y club parties with girls from Silver Tri at Southwest (which led in a roundabout way to his meeting Marsha), West, Robbinsdale and Edina. Senior Prom. Canoeing the Boundary Waters."
How does he want his classmates to think back on him from those days? "I hope they would remember me as a friend they could count on," he concluded.
Posted Aug. 8, 2013