Today is my father's 75th birthday. Since about mid-day yesterday I've had Cheryl Wheeler's 75 Septembers running through my head. The song, for those not familiar with it, is a tribute to her father written for his 75th birthday. I don't have a song written about my father, but I can tell you a few things about him.
- He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- He was the oldest of two children.
- His first language was French which he stopped speaking when he started school.
- He went to Springfield Technical High School, Springfield College, and the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champagne.
- He loves sports. He played football and baseball, and coached football, baseball and basketball.
- He worked as a soda jerk at the original Friendly's Ice Cream store.
- If he wasn't at today's Yankees game he was watching it on TV.
- He is a kind, honest and cares about other people.
- He is the father of 4 and grandfather of 4.
- He would rather spend time with his children and grandchildren than do anything else.
- I am very proud to have him for my father.
The picture was taken by my mother. From left to right, on top of my Dad, are my sister Terri, my brother Brad and me. It was taken in late 1962 (the date on the slide mount is February 63, but I'm guessing it was taken in December because of the Christmas tree in the background.). Terri would have been 17 months old, Brad was 5, and I was 3.