Happy 83rd Birthday Dad!


Tomorrow is my Dad’s birthday.  He was born in 1930.  The President of the United States was Herbert Hoover;   the Chrysler Building was completed in New York City; sliced bread went on sale for the first time in England;
the average cost of a new house was $7,145.00; the average wages per year  was $1,970.00; the cost of a gallon of gas was 10 cents; the average cost for house rent  was $15.00 per month; a loaf of bread cost 9 cents , a pound of hamburger meat cost 13 cents; and a Pontiac Big Six Car $745.00.

The most popular film was All Quiet on the Western Front and popular  songs were Three Little Words by Duke Ellington and Strike up the Band by Red Nichols. The population of the United States of America reached 123 million and frozen foods were sold commercially for the first time.

A lot has changed in the last 83 years and my Dad has seen it all.  He has done some interesting things along the way – hunted beaver and mink and had my mom sell the pelts (she got more for them than he could); drove truck; worked at a brewery; and, after moving to California,  worked for McDonald Douglas/Boeing for many years.  He also worked roofing houses and unloading ships during times he was on strike and laid off from his job.  He took his role as provider very seriously.

Along the way,  he taught me many important  things including  how to throw a softball; how to roof a house; how to use tools (and what they are all called); how to grow tomatoes; how to camp; how to change the oil in a car and how to drive a manual transmission.

Happy Birthday Pops!  Thank you for everything!