Going strong at 90

Yesterday, my Grandfather (who we call Papa) turned 90!

I’ve been sitting here for a good half an hour trying to figure out how to write a post about someone that’s done so many things in 90 years – and I realize…you can’t.  That’s what those big books at the library in the biographies section are for.  I can’t possibly cover everything from his four children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren – to his amazing journey in World War II as a ski trooper, while all three of his brothers also independently fought across Europe, and all came home to lead long lives.  As a kid I lived in Seattle and he lived/lives in Connecticut, so I only saw him 1-2 times a year – but I looked forward to it all year.

For his 90th birthday, all of his children & grandchildren are going back to Connecticut on Thanksgiving this year for a huge celebration.  In addition, every family has sent me 40-45 photos to digitize and include in a book (one of those that you order from Ofoto) to give to him.  Given that these photos span nearly a century, I’m doing lots of scanning this weekend.  Here’s one of me with Papa – on my 1st Birthday.  See… I always loved food, and chocolate cake is still my favorite!



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  1. This is too cool. Good pic! That’s awesome you’re in charge of the project. I’m involved in a scanning project this weekend as well. Another alum from my HS soccer team is making a scrapbook for our HS coach who is retiring after 23 years. I’m supposed to scan and send some pics so I’m also going through years of memories. I feel old! Though not as old as 90! Wow! And I will also give a shoutout to chocolate.

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  3. Late comment, but I love your Papa’s shirt!