The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story


Some of the performers would drive up in there fancy cars, just to see these two men they heard of for so long, that had high quality jewelry right on a table outside Pete's dance hall. 
 
Rob was not born yet, but we were amazed that high class black performers, and yes, some whites would drive and walk the few blocks, just to buy a timepiece from our family.
 
This was when the old Earl theater was still around and many other forgotten theaters during the 1930's, and 40's.
 
Rob's been hearing the stories all his life, during the 1960's and 70's, mainly how once in a while, the old band members and celebrities found themselves at Pete's Dance Hall after a show, and even entertain, in Pete's dance hall.
 
And yes, the people in the audience would follow them.  Can you imagine that scene in a small area like that?
 
It's strange because when Rob's friends and him started getting into the entrepreneur thing, over seas. 
It had nothing to do with watches, or any kind of jewelry...
 
 His main product was simply T-shirts, And guess who was the star of the T-shirts?
 
Yes, they came up with an idea of putting himself and our family in some unusual situations on a T-shirt, and give them away to  the kids in Okinawa japan.  
This was long before the timepiece and jewelry came into play.

Some of the performers would drive up in there fancy cars, just to see these two men they heard of for so long, that had high quality jewelry right on a table outside Pete's dance hall. 
 
Rob was not born yet, but we were amazed that high class black performers, and yes, some whites would drive and walk the few blocks, just to buy a timepiece from our family.
 
This was when the old Earl theater was still around and many other forgotten theaters during the 1930's, and 40's.
 
Rob's been hearing the stories all his life, during the 1960's and 70's, mainly how once in a while, the old band members and celebrities found themselves at Pete's Dance Hall after a show, and even entertain, in Pete's dance hall.
 
And yes, the people in the audience would follow them.  Can you imagine that scene in a small area like that?
 
It's strange because when Rob's friends and him started getting into the entrepreneur thing, over seas. 
It had nothing to do with watches, or any kind of jewelry...
 
 His main product was simply T-shirts, And guess who was the star of the T-shirts?
 
Yes, they came up with an idea of putting himself and our family in some unusual situations on a T-shirt, and give them away to  the kids in Okinawa japan.  
This was long before the timepiece and jewelry came into play.



Robby carried these habits into the marine corps. He seemed to be animated in some ways to his friends. 
 
Robert always' looked like he was getting ready to do a commercial. 


The guy's thought he should put his left hand on a T-shirt, since he was always waving, long waves at people, But, close to the end of his tour in Japan, the T-shirt business was doing find, but discontinued. 
 

The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg


It was the photo of his hand first, then his face, and the name: Rodor was born, 1981.
  
 
That was what the kids started calling him when they saw him and his friends off base.  
The real reason was because they couldn't remember the name Robert Dorsey, so, he told them, just call me Rodor, and this took off in the town, around Naha
 City.


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Then, his military career took a shocking turn some years later.!
 
Doing the Reagan  era, he and his friends found them selves smack dead in the middle of a place called: Beirut Lebanon, in 1983.
 
From there history was made in the world of global Terrorism, , They were in real combat.
 
Something that wasn't suppose to happen, but it did.
 
Marines were killed, PLO members were killed and months later, 247 marines were bombed, and killed.
 
Not to forget, which is rarely mentioned.  There were 110 CIA, marines, and naval personal who were bombed and killed as well.
 
So, his life became a life long commitment to the Veteran Hospitals. 


The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story



All 5 of these men played a role in my up bring. 
The conception of: Pete's dance Hall started with, my Uncle George,and Grand father.   
It is just a glorified story of two men known for there wear of fine timepieces, that other's flock to, to get there workmanship and advice on there timepieces for free.
Which my family was in the habit of fixing timepieces for free during the days of the depression of the 1930s.   
Black jewelers' during the 1930's and 40's, was a rare site, but, they where there, in the back stores, streets, and ware houses of south Philadelphia. 
Style setters, trend setters.  That's what they were, and there image to this day remains rock solid in our families mind. 
The promise made our mother in 1969. ( I will create a business one day, in honor of, Pete's Dance Hall and jewelers'). 
From this came, today's: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'.

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The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg


So, he would wake her up in the dead of night, and apologized, over, and over again.   She would drag herself out of the bed to turn on the computer for him. 
 
Then he had to learn how to draw a straight line to continue a new way of creating a picture T-shirt.  But, now, he has no idea how to get the drawing out of the computer!
 
Well, his wife put him though a long drawn out course on all he needed to know.  



A couple of years passed, and his wife introduced him to the Internet. 
 
After he got pass his ego, and fears. He started to see what his wife was doing to make money. 
Her interest was in the fashion industry.  
She was getting paid, for real....!
 
Then, she did countless runs to the post office.
 
She encouraged him to try and make this media form, work for him.  First he had to remember how to turn the computer on.
 

The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story
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The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg


When you can put this watch, worth at the time, nine hundred bucks, back to gather, as the manufacturer presented it to us, then your ready to do it for real.
 At times Robert would go off the deep in , and buy a hand full of cheap watches, and necklace jewelry.
          
Then, he would go into the town of Naha city and simply give them away.

The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg


Well, that didn't last pass eight months, because taxes were becoming a problem when they started selling them in Japan.
 
His command intervened and the dream was over.
 
The days' my mother and her friends talked a bout her father's jewelry stand that drew hundreds to there corner stands and the dance hall.
 
As a child, Robby could tell how proud our mother was of her father and uncle.  Because she would always tear up when telling the story, and not just my mother...
 
Also, her friends would be crying to, as they sat in the living room reminiscing of a long by-gone era.  
They would always say any body can make a living if they just use there head.
 
By now our grand father and uncle had passed on in the early, and mid 1970's. 
 
Robert knew my mother's dream, that what she saw in her life time as a young lady, could have been much bigger.
 
But, our grandfather and uncle were satisfied with where they were in success, and plus, they didn't want to bring in problems with other merchants of the area, who were mainly whites.
 
Remember, this was during the great depression, and the early years of the second world war.




If you walked the streets of South Philadelphia and ask any elderly man , or woman, about Pete's dance hall, you would hear a story, of a by gone  era.
 
Like he told my grandfather as a boy, and told my mother, and great grand mother. one day I will recreate what grand pop and uncle George started.
 
My mother would always' say, I know you will, but you do what makes you happy, and what you can put your name on.
 
He told my mother, but mom...!  This is what I want to do, and I will!
 
My little brother started going to the libraries with my mother, and grandmother.  He always picked out the same book ( the Watch Makers Closet).   
 
But, this was a book that didn't really teach you about watches, but the life as a watch maker. 
 
It was our father, years later, who brought my little brother his first book on making a watch/timepiece.
 
He read this book from age eleven until he was about fifteen, several years before going in the marine corps. 
 
He clearly knew the different medals that played different roles in the precision of the timepiece, in the hull of a watch. 
Even the wheels and pulleys, the weight of a watch, and what water proofed a watch.
 
What was the meaning of certain thickness of the rubber washes placed in the watch casings.



A classy entrepreneur tricks that rarely work, but, sometimes may surprise you, and that happened for CPL Dorsey.
When asked why, he would do that,  He would respond, because my grand father and uncle where known in the states for there sales of there fine custom jewelry, watches, and accessories during the late 1930's, and forties.   
                                                                    
These were men, that affected every area of my life. 
In them days, it was learning and discipline; molding a child, into a man and be affective at his trade. 

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The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story


Seems like the kids Of Okinawa took his designs pretty well, never made much money, he mainly gave them away after a point, because it was rotation time coming, back to the states..
 
And believe it or not, that is what he did, and that was the first time he experienced being a small celebrity on an island in Japan.

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The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg


Born in West Philadelphia, PA.  
      
Robert attended John Bartram high school, class of 1979.    
Robert always' knew the marine corps was one of the paths in his life, as his family being of an era of wars since the revolution days, of 18th century.   








The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg


After being honorably discharged, stress and thoughts did motivate his decision to leave the marine corps.
 
Now, after nearly a decade in the marine corps, he was on his own, back on the streets of Philadelphia.
 
A few people took interest in the Beirut bombing stories, and for a good while they were looked at, as heroes.
 
He even got his first job at: Bryers Ice Cream company, in Philadelphia, just because he was a Beirut Veteran.
 
Also, Mayor:Ed Randell, Public affairs officer: Bill Gray, and the Vietnam veterans took him under there wing in the Veteran Hospitals around the country.
 
To this day my brother is still an out-patient  VA. veteran. 
 
He was awarded a service connection. 
Employment was the least of his worries.
 
He meant his second wife (Wandoria) in Delaware 1992, in the begining years of his stress problems.  
They were married on March 7, 2000.
 
While he was still trying to make a name for him self in silk screening designs that he learn in Korea and during his marine corp days.
 
We watched the era of home computers develop in the early 1990's.
 
His wife was starting a new business on the Internet.  It was the first time he heard of ebay, and she was right there making it work.
 
She sold shoes and all kinds of things.  
It caught Rob's attention, but yet, it scared him, because, the thought of a computer?... 
Something that was looked at on a television?
 
Shows, like: Star Trek, and Star Wars, and Lost in Space?
 


The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story


My mother and sister, grandma, and great grand mom. 
The woman in my family are a vital source of molding me, as well. Strong, powerful Ladies that demanded the highest respect in every way.
This was done with the intention of a quality life style, for black woman around the country. 
Woman who were black entrepreneurs during the days, of there era, meaning turn of the century years.  



He always' made it clear to his comrades, that his head was in two places, his families past, and the Marine Corps.
He was always' reading something about watches and jewelry, and literally tearing watches apart and rebuilding them. A practice done to keep up on what the family master taught him as a boys.

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The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story


The woman of the family followed, a kind of black, Mary Kay kind of following, for the times.
Manners and style growth, will build the character of who you plan to be in life. 
Like a showman, who practices his moves, over, and over, on the presentation end of life? 


The marines would say, but, your grand father sold his.  They sold the jewelry!...  you give yours away.  Why?    His answer was always' the same. He told them he liked the look on his friends, and strangers faces when he give them something for nothing.
 
Plus, he wanted to see if what he was thought as a kid would really work, and most of the time it did.
 
It was that same look our grandfather got, when he would present a watch to a client for barely nothing.

The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story
The creator of: Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear; Family Timepiece Jewelers'. The Robert Dorsey Story, Blogg


My mother just didn't want him to be an every day watch peddler. She wanted him to be known for his product if he was going into that line of work. 
 
She wanted him to know how to walk, talk, and practice his body and hand movements to present the item that he was selling.
 
Mom would say, always' wear a suite, a tie, and tie clip that is in the right position. 
 
Most of all, your shoes should be of a high quality and to this day the shoe was the jet black wing tip.
 
For several years mom would show him off to relatives in the manners she created in him.  Speaking was a big part of a presentation, speaking firmly and getting out all your word endings.
 
He was starting to look more like a movie star, or a male model, then a jewelry dealer.
 
My mother would From time to time, tell him to look at that photo of your uncle George, Now, look at the photo of your grandfather.
 
He never noticed before,  They were standing in the same position with there one arm extended as people a poached there stands, or entered the dance hall.

 



Our grandfather's watch collections always stood out with Robby, as a boy. 
 
Our grand father's shinny gold bracelets, and watches he kept in his stuffed jewelry box on his dresser.
 
Robby would says as a boy.  When he grows up, he was going to have shinny timepiece/watches just like our grand fathers and uncle George had.
 
In fact, he would say, I'm going to make my own watches.
 
You will?... My grand father would always' say.  
Well, to this day, He still hasn't made his own timepieces yet.
 
But, I feel in my heart, he will.
 
Our grand father, and uncle Georges dream, was a local dream, in South Philadelphia.
 
Even though our grandfather, and uncle George were known, local names in south Philadelphia, mainly among the blacks and Italians of the time, that came to the south street area's during the late 1930's and 1940's.
 
Pete's Dance Hall, saw famous people like Cabcalloway, and Lionel Hampton.  

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Cabin Watch Fine Time Wear, was created, by a former U.S. marine, name, Robert Dorsey, during the late 1980's, and reached a respectable cliental by the late 1990s.

Also known in, on-line social circles, and to clients, and customers as: Rodor1960. 
                                        


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