Today, May 25th, is Dana's father's - my brother Carl's - birthday. So I thought it would be fun to post some photos of him that Dana may not have seen before and take the block's stair steps to revisit his childhood and youth. Getting this collection together took help from our sister Joyce, since she currently has our parents' photo albums, though a few of these are from my own collection.
|With big brothers Jeff and Roger|
|Grandmother Mary's mother, Walentyna, in the yard between hers and Mary's houses|
|This may be our Aunt Bernie, who married Uncle Frank after I was born|
|I think Aunt Florence is the young woman interacting with Carl on the floor at our grandmother's house|
|Roger and Jeff flank our grandmother Mary, holding younger cousin Dale and Carl, in her La Salle living room. All the cousins on this side are younger than Carl.|
|With Mom in the backyard of the Glen Ellyn house|
|Dad and Carl. It's hard for me to imagine that maple tree was ever so small!|
|Not the happiest Carl we've ever seen|
|Mom is wearing a different outfit - it must have been a different day|
|Our mother always let us play with the pots and pans at some point during our toddler exploration days|
|A couple of years later|
|8th Grade - Carl is in the front row, third from the left|
By the time he was a senior in High School, Carl easily won the Student Council presidency.
|Carl is pictured center front. I'm behind him with my chin on my hand.|
|Carl, standing right, as Shamus Tobin, the man who rescued and raised Molly Brown|
I had to include some of these photos of Carl in the 1970's with his long hair and beard.
|Practicing with the band in the basement of the Glen Ellyn house|
I remember one family gathering at Aunt Alice's from about this era when the dinner table was likened to a gathering of the apostles for the last supper, around Carl's well groomed but then-radical appearance. Our parents' and grandparents' generations definitely did not approve.
|A serious moment in the living room of the Glen Ellyn house|
Two more photos, taken at a party for me with my Dad's family, at the Glen Ellyn house in 1981 just before I moved to Germany.
Happy Birthday, Carl!!