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Sunday, June 19, 2005
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Not being a 'Dad' myself, I spent a few moments today contemplating that fact while washing our three schipperke dogs!!!, and feeding our rabbits. Miss Melanie, Air Jordan and Skipper are running aroind in the high desert sunshine enjoying a clean and bright Father's Day.
My own father played varsity football at Notre Dame under the famous Coach Frank Leahy. He graduated from South Bend and moved on to becoming a WWII 'hero' flying C-47's across the Pacific. He earned numerous awards for his valor including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He met my mother while in flight school at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. He survived the war and went onto selling bonds and insurance in 1950's North Florida. This dramatic change of life was faced by many military dad's of those days. Must have been quite a switch from killing to selling things.
I was the first born in the Hartzer family and was not only NOT a hero nor a big foot baller (though later, I lettered in soccer in High School and College). I was very ill as a child and perhaps a handful for the newly weds.
My only brother is a Dad to three children in a second marriage and has been mentioned here at FRESHCHAOS.com for recently making the national news...In his new role as the Rev. Jonathan Hartzer, he took his Midland, Texas flock of anti-gay/anti-females in the church out of the Episcopal Church (they were sort of told to GO). Ten years my junior, Jonathan always has been the more 'news worthy' of the two Hartzer boys.
Both of my parents are now enjoying their 'life in the Great Beyond'. Here's to Mom and Dad on Fathers' Day 2005. And, thanks Dad for teaching me the love of dogs, flight and fishing.
#1 son and his Dad
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