I was born in Detroit 1962, I had one older brother, one younger sister and then 12 years later another brother came along and then another 8 years after that. I can't imagine having kids like that, heck after my third I told the doctor to get the scissors out.
I remember when I was a kid, my dad was a truck driver and hauled everything from groceries to windshields. he drove the big rigs and when we were growing up he worked for a local grocery chain delivering to all the stores around town. I know that he would have rather been out on the open road, where he could make better money, but he also wanted to be home for us kids, to coach the baseball teams we were on and be there when we needed him.
One time he and my mom and uncle took our cub scout den to a Detroit Tigers baseball game at the old Tiger Stadium, I was probably about 8 years old. There were some guys there that were in their late teens and early twenties. At first they were just loud but then they started throwing their beer bottles down by us and breaking them on the stairs. My dad and uncle went up and asked them to stop cause they didn't want us kids to get hurt on the glass. Now I think that this group of boys really didn't have a clue of what they were getting themselves into when one of them through a punch at my dad. My uncle, who shortly afterward was accepted into the Detroit police academy, took on three of them, while dad took on the other three. When we got home, my friend that lived down the street came running up and said that they had seen us on TV. They had stopped the game and had the TV cameras on us.
All the kids and teenagers in the neighborhood new not to mess with him after that.
Now my dad looks just like Claude Akins the actor that played sheriff Lobo on BJ and the bear TV show. Elvis was his favorite entertainer and he always used Vitalis in his hair and had that wave right in the front. His favorite TV show was Star Trek, personally I couldn't stand Captain Kirk.
Well. he's 70 years old now, he had to quit driving 6 years ago cause of health issues, if the doctors didn't stop him he would probably still be driving today. I talk to him at least twice a day and he has a new favorite Tiger Woods, not a day goes by without hearing Tigers name, but thats okay, at least I like Tiger too.
This was just one of the many stories I have from growing up just one small reason why this man is my hero. I Love You Dad. . . Talk to you tomorrow
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