This page is the introduction to the story of my life … How I became Grandpa Don.
It begins in 1931 and continues beyond the time when I became a grandfather … for the Grandpa Don that I was then is not the same as what I am now and not the same as the Grandpa Don I am yet to be.
It is written so my children and their children and beyond can know my history and what makes me what I am and am becoming. It is not over. It is the saga of how God worked in my life, guiding, and forming. It tells of his many gifts. He was there at my side when I not only didn’t know Him but in fact, doubted His existence. He never gave up on me and I hope to convey the message that He doesn’t give up on any of us.
The story is meant to be a witness to God’s love.
I invite you to visit How I became Grandpa Don.
There is also “my 15 minutes of fame”
The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune:
The Joys of Reaching A Certain Age.
A book by …Willard Scott and Friends
I have contributed some of my thoughts to the book and so am one of the “Friends” and … one of the “Regular Folk”.
My involvement in this publication:
In the spring of 2002 I was the recipient of an email from Tracy Quinn McLennan of Adler & Robin Books, Inc. They were going to publish “Great Things About Getting Older”, a book that includes reflections on life by people in their 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. The publisher is Hyperion, the Walt Disney Publishing Company. The author of the book is Willard Scott, the weatherman from NBC’s “Today Show.”
Tracy had visited Grandpa Don’s World and extended an invitation to submit a paragraph or a couple of pages for possible inclusion in the book. After consulting with my kids and doing some thinking I decided to give it a go.
The problem was in boiling down my thoughts to something that will fit their limitations. It was be an interesting venture on my part.
I submitted my piece in June of 2002. The book title was revised to “The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune: The Joys of Reaching A Certain Age.”
I find myself included as one of the “regular folk” along with some very famous people. Most contributions are very short but I have about 3-2/3 pages (large print – small pages) between Yogi Berra and Monty Hall. I also found myself quoted in the “Afterword” of the book.