Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pics From Denver Post

I bought these photos of my dad from the Denver Post. The first one was taken in 1956 or 1957. Herschel Schooley, my dad and the little girl is Diana Sandefer. The Sandefer family knew my mother. Diana passed away about 5 years ago.
The second picture is my dad, unkown girl and Mayor George Birdsall. It was taken in 1943, the last year George was mayor of our city. I thought maybe the little girl was my sister Jinx but she looks a little to young. Jinx was 12 in 1943, I don't think this little girl looks like a 12 year old. I could be wrong. I don't know what my sister looked like when she was younger and no one is left alive who could tell me if this is her or not. And of course, I have no pictures of my sister when she was younger. I did an update on this post in Feb. The girl that I thought might be Jinx is none other then Shirley Temple at around the age of 12 or older, Shirley was born in 1932 so that makes this picture around 1944. My dad looks real good for being dead since 1939, lol. Another piece of proof that Spencer Penrose did not die in 1939!
Both of these pictures were taken at the rodeo here in Colorado Springs.
It is wonderful to have a picture of my dad in 1956. I look at it and its like he's here with me now. Its a nice feeling :)

45 Years Ago

Air Force pilot, Col. Leo "Sid" Boston came home yesterday. Its been 45 years.

Born in Canon City, Colo., Sid joined the Air Force right after college. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy. They had 3 children.

Sid was assigned to Air Defense Command. For the 'Nam war he was a A-1 pilot. His mission was to locate downed Air Force comrades, use bombs, rockets and gunfire to keep them safe till help arrived.

In 1966, this was the mission he was on when he went down in the dense jungle near Black River in Son La Province. He joined the MIA's.

By 1978, the gov't told his family he was presumed dead. They wept.

Dorothy spent years calling politicians and generals to bring her husband home. She fought till the day she died in 1988.

In the 1990s American military teams were allowed to return to North Vietnam to hunt for our MIA's. Villagers in Son La told them of a 1966 crash, remains were recovered but we did not have the technology to assess tiny amounts of DNA present in the remains.

This spring, new scientific methods were used and the Pentagon announced that Col. Leo "Sid" Boston had been found.

On Friday, a hearse carrying his remains drove past lines of saluting basic cadets before he was laid to rest, next to Dorothy, in the Air Force Academy cemetery that hold so many of our Air Force legends.

Sid's mother, granddaughter and great granddaughter were there. Sid's mother received the flag honoring her son.

Welcome home, Sid.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Full Moon Tonite

Tonite there will be a full moon. Most people think of werewolves with the full moon or the Twilight sagas or Lon Chaney Jr who played Wolf Man.

I think of Lon Chaney Sr, the man of a 1,000 faces who never played a werewolf but he did play a hunchback.

Lon Chaney Sr was born in good ole Colorado Springs in 1883. His grandfather started the Colo. School for the Education of Mutes, now known as The Colo School for the Deaf & Blind. And as you all know, I have a deep love for the Colo. School for the Deaf & Blind :)

Lon's parents met at this school, they were deaf. He would pantomime for his parents, this was the ground work for his acting. He became a great actor.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Keep Moving Forward

I have a favorite movie that I watch, Walt Disney's "Meet The Robinsons". The phrase "keep moving forward" is thru out the movie.

And so true of life, no matter what we encounter we just need to keep moving forward. That's how the battles of life are won.

take care everyone :)