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Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

Can you believe it?  Its 2012.  It almost sounds like a year in a futuristic science fiction book rather than the year I am currently living in.  I will turn 60 years old in ten months’ time.   As I look back, there are particular years that for some reason or another, stand out for me. 

1960.  My little sister Tanya was born on January 7th.  I remember the day my parents brought here home from the hospital and laid here on their bed.  I was captivated by her and 52 years later I still am.

1961.  I was in second grade in 1960-1961.  The thing that struck about 1961 was that when you turned 1961 upside down it still read 1961.  Pretty cool huh?   Fifty years later I still think it is cool.  The other thing that comes to mind about 1961 was Alan Shepard becoming the first American to go into space.  I can still remember that and I still remember a photo of the original seven Mercury Astronauts.  Second grade was when I started to love books and reading.

1963. I saw Stan Musial’s play in Dodger Stadium.  I don’t remember what month this was but It was Stan Musial’s last game in Dodger Stadium (not his last game which was on September 29, 1963 in St. Louis.  The assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is a date one can never forget. I remember.  I had turned 11 years old 30 days before that fateful day. 
1964.  I remember Barry Goldwater’s nomination, as the Republican nominee for president.  As a 12 year old I was a big fan of Mr. Goldwater.  I gave my mother a Barry Goldwater biography for her birthday.

1966.  My 16 year sister Sheila died of cancer in March 1966.
1968.  I graduated from junior high school and entered high school.

1971.  I graduated from Granite High School.  August 5, 1971 was the draft lottery for males born in 1952.  I was pleased to get lottery number 263.

1973.  First Marriage August 20th.
1974.  Graduated from University of Utah.

1976.  Finished Law School at the University of Utah in December 1976.
1977.  Took the February Bar Exam and was sworn in as an attorney in April.

1983.  Son Alex was born.
2001. Assault on the Twin Towers.

2004.  Married the Lovely Sharon.
Although every year has memorable events those are the years that stand out for me.   I have always been a person who had goals and dreams.  I have always been a person who gets excited about things.  I get excited over seeing a bird, or a deer or a mountain stream.  I have always been a person who looked forward to self-improvement and new adventures. 

 I look forward to 2012. I have hopes for 2012.  I hope the economy is better for all of us.  I hope my family’s health is good.  I hope we don’t get into another meaningless war.  I hope our politicians try to do what is right for America rather than just attack and belittle each other.  I hope that the feeling of depression that so many of our country men have will dissipate. I hope I can be a better person.  I hope I can be less judgmental and more helpful to all persons.  I hope I continue to love to learn. I hope I will be a better husband.
Happy New Year to all.

1 comment:

  1. Bud,
    I don't remember the year but I do remember when
    your Mom, my sweet aunt Ione made you take Tanya and I to see the Monkees at the old Salt Palace. I was probably in 6th grade. I was so excited all day and could not concentrate on my school work. The night finally arrived and my parents drove
    me to your house where Tanya and I got in the car with you and you took us to the concert! I could not understand why you were slumped down in your chair. I do now. But thank you so much for spending a Friday night with your little sister and your cousin to see of all things the Monkees. Chandra