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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy B-Day Dad!

My Dad and my daughter Lindsey

What do you give the guy who has everything!?

A blog, of course!

This blog is dedicated to my Dad on his 80th birthday!  Wow, where has the time gone!?

I'll start with a few of my Dad's accomplishments 

My Dad & Mark

My Dad was an Actuary before anyone knew what an actuary was (and I know, most still don't)!

He also started his own actuarial firm back in the last 70's, just at the time he was putting several kids through college (5 kids in our family), and paying for my wedding!  I tried to find the picture of him from my wedding where he was pointing to the pockets in his tux to let everyone know he was now out of money!

He is still well known in the actuarial field, and was quite a salesman in his time!  He literally started the company with no office.  He would make phone calls and have meetings at the Cleveland Athletic Club (which I now believe is gone-I loved that place!).

My Dad, Lindsey, Katherine, and nephew Bobby

And that is where I got the courage to start my own business!  My Dad has always been a very positive and "never say can't" kind of guy!

I am very proud of all he has accomplished, but, when all is said and done, what really matters?


My Dad, me, and some of his grandkids (and his sister the clown!)
My Mom and Dad devoted their lives to raising 5 children, and they did a great job, if I might say so myself!

Being the Dad of 5 kids, he was often called the "toilet paper man" and the "cereal man" at the grocery store!  I'm imaging that it had to be tough financially, but I never felt that growing up.

My Dad would make the most unusual places seem like we were at Disney World! 

My Dad & Lindsey-they were always together!

My favorite memories are of visiting an old run down train station, car rides where he'd pretend he missed our street, a snowy Christmas Eve pulling us on a sled down our road.

So I grew up rich!

Thanks for being the most funnest (and I don't care if that's not a real word) Dad ever!

My Dad at the office

Thanks for the memories!

I love you and Happy Birthday!

Your daughter, Jennifer


Bird.in.Hand Laurie said...

Happy Birthday to Dad! He sounds like a wonderful man and mentor :)

Mrs. Betschman said...

You are an amazing writer! I LOVE reading your stuff - fun, entertaining, clever - hey, I just described you!
I love my sister!

jenscloset said...

Thanks for the nice comments! :)

Garima said...

Wishing you a happy birthday!