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Big Chuck

July 15, 2013

Digging up memories, one box at a time

My Dad kept everything.

No, really. Everything.

I have recently come into possession of boxes full of binders that he kept for documenting each of his eight children’s lives. The data is exhausting, but oh so much fun to go through.

In my older sister Fran’s folder, I found a great old photograph of her and her school chums schlepping down Franklin Mountain on a cold January day in 1961. She was doing what the president asked her (and millions of other kids) to do … take a hike! President John F. Kennedy kicked off his National Physical Fitness Campaign by encouraging everybody to take a 50-mile hike. And Fran did! I know this photo is from that event because as indefatigable as my father was in taking family photos, my mother matched him frame for frame by writing on the back of each picture.

My brother Jim’s folder includes a number of his high school report cards. Without revealing Jimmy’s grades, the amazing thing these revealed was the dearth of classes we had to take. The year was 1968 and Jim’s entire school day workload was English 11, Social Studies 11, French 1 and gym. How did they cram all that into one day?

My sister Susie’s archive is filled with photographic evidence of her “Run for the Roses.” Susie was nominated by the Sidney Elks Club to be the Queen of the Sidney Bi-Centennial celebration held in 1972. Unfortunately, Sue did not win, but the photos and newspaper clippings show what a festive community-wide party we threw to celebrate Sidney reaching 200.

My brother Bob’s file is filled with colorful evidence of his very colorful life. I really liked the reviews and photos from his starring appearance in the Tri-Town Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” more than 40 years ago.

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