Growing Up

OK, since you are a glutton for images here goes some.  These are very old pictures of my family and myself beginning  in the very early 1940's.  I found these while rummaging about my office preparing for some new furniture.

Below is a picture of my Mother while she was in High School.   Was she Sweet Sixteen or what?

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Just to show that my Mom and Dad had a life without me.   This was probably taken in the early to mid-1940's.  The utlimate cause of my Dad's death may be seen in his left hand.

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Here is Mom is holding me in front of our house.  I am probably several weeks old.

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This was my very first Christmas.  I think Mom had the holiday blues.

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At 18 months I was ready for winter.

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My Grandmother has me when I was about one or so.  This was taken in front of our basement fireplace.

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The one below was taken in a sandbox near our farm when I was about two or three years old.

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I love the cars in this shot. 

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At 7 or so I was with my Cocker Spaniel "Bigger" during a winter day.

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Here is a picture of my Dad as he was participating in our home town's centennial celebration. 

He is the one in foreground in the stove pipe hat walking next to the policeman.

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Although it is not fashionable today, my Dad also was something of hunter. 

Here is the bear he killed near Creed, Colorado in the late 1940's.

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I was with him on that trip although I did no shooting.

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On another driving trip I took a picture of my Mom and Dad

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Someone recently sent me these pictures of my grade school classes. 

2nd Grade

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I'm middle row left (missing front teeth).

4th Grade

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Thats me with the smirk, third row up, second from right.

6th Grade

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The principal was Cyrus Steinhultz (and he was more strict than he looks).  I'm second from his left.

7th Grade

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Hormones are beginning to show their effects -- Don't you think?  (I'm middle row, far left).

8th Grade

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Now they are in full force. (Again, I am middle row, far left)

On a trip of the high school Physics Club (c. 1957) this terrible picture was taken.  My friends and I were playing the Blues Brothers long before they were around.  This may not be a "Where's Waldo" site, but can you find me?  (Pretend you care.)  (HINT:  I'm the second tallest one in the picture with sun glasses.)

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A few years later I was a freshman in college.  As a member of a fraternity we were all required to have a photo.  Here is mine.  We were required to look so"regular."

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