Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

My father was an incredible man. In his teens, he ran moonshine for some cousins in Southern Ky (daredevil streak revealed) and played high school basketball as a forward. He would have played for the Kentucky Wildcats under Adolph Rupp (daddy was that good) had it not been for WW2. He was in the 8th Army Air Force, fought as a ball turret gunner (on a B17 Flying Fortress) in WW2, met a gorgeous English girl under a bridge on the Serpentine in London, wooed, and married her (my mum; they were married for 54 years), was a fireman at an airfield, an industrial painting and coating project supervisor, owned his own industrial painting company, raced NASCAR in the 50's, owned a stable of thoroughbred race horses, took my mum to Vegas often as possible (they both loved to gamble), traveled a lot (both while in the air force and once he got out), and he loved bowling, deep sea fishing, and golf.  He was bigger than life and my sisters and I loved him like crazy.
He passed away in 1999. But I will always cherish the memories.

Never let a day go by without telling your dad how much he means to you.

Dad as a young man.
Dad with his four girls. The chubby dork bent in half mid-giggle is yours truly. eeps!


Cora Zane said...

You look great! Nothing dorky about that photo, girl! :)

Cassandra said...

Awww, you're just sayin' that coz your ma friend. I know better. I was wearing a cantaloupe jumpsuit, fer crimney sakes! lmao And I really thought I was ALL THAT and a bag o' chips. lol