My father, Fred, turns 80 today. He’s seen and done a lot in his life.
- He spent his first 6 years in pre-WWII Germany. He is as German in thought and ways as he is American
- The rest of his youth were spent in Manhattan where he lived in an Irish/Italian neighborhood. He and his two siblings were the only ethnically mixed kids – German/Peruvian. They all had to fight to gain respect
- Dad was the first in his family to attend college and graduate. He graduated from City College, NYC with an HVAC engineering degree
- He worked on the pie line at Horn and Hardant. He says that the oven was a block long on a floor that was devoted to pies only. He also says that he stopped eating pies for a long time after that job.
- Dad worked for the Navy through the years directly and also as a contractor. He worked on the Battleship program in the 80’s and as a thank you gift, He, Mom, Annie and myself got a four hour cruise on the Battleship Iowa. We sailed from Yorktown, VA to Norfolk, VA. Dad had the best time in the world showing off his “other” daughter to us.
I think the thing Dad is most proud of is his family. He would tell you that he was married to the best woman in the world for 51 years. He would also tell you how much he loves his kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids. (7 kids and a total of 28 grand and greatgrand kids.)
Happy Birthday, Dad!