Henry grew up in back of an ice cream store in Erie, PA, with all the fresh-made ice cream in several flavors he could want, all the comic books he could read, fresh roasted peanuts, popcorn, and two movie theaters on the same block.

In The summertime he could ride his bike to the Presque Isle Peninsula beach on Lake Erie, or to Algeria Stable, where he could rent a horse for $1.00 an hour and ride around the peninsula on a sand bridle path.