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Reminiscing of Days of Yore....

I've mentioned the last few times that I used to design and did the typesetting for many of the Chamber of Commerce brochures, etc. That wasn't my only job there. I also did the phones, answered and shipped mail to those that wanted to travel to our area of Colorado, did errands for my boss [loved that...the freedom of driving his fancy car!], set up meetings in the room where the photo is below. Ordered cakes, treats, made coffee, tea, etc. for those meetings, did mimeograph work, filed, anything when I wasn't working on the art.

Here is a newspaper clipping of our small town's front page circa 1968. I am, of course, the one with the white arrow above the head. My boss was the one standing.  We had an annual banquet with guest speakers.  My most favorite was a renowned journalist of those days, one who covered so much, including JFK...I talked with him a good hour or so after the dinner, and was highly influenced by his knowledge of politics and government...Sander Vanocur.  The man was intelligent, intriguing and many times, my inspiration in gaining interest in all things Political Science.  Other times, we were entertained and educated by a slew of experts in their field, I still have an autograph from....Olympiad, the Reverend Robert [Bob] Richards.  He too was most interesting and for many of us novices and laymen, we were in awe of his work; accomplishments. 




And, while I was looking for these in my storage boxes of photos and memorabilia, I came across a photo of my paternal grandfather [also 1968]. He was 87, spry as a fox [even reported to chase the nurses around in the nursing home where the photo was taken. ]...and sharp as a tack. This is the day Bud met him.  After reminiscing a while, I then remembered trying my hand at oil painting for the very first time....of my grandfather from the very same photo...



The oil painting is long gone [ruined in one of our moves]...but the memories remain. He died at the age of 93.

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  1. I love-love-love the bouffant hairdo, young lady!! It sounds like you were very good at your job. I'm sure you were a blessing to your boss & all those you served. The good ole days! Love, Andrea xoxo

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    1. The "big wigs" of the chamber treated me well. For that, I was appreciative.

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  2. That sounds like a fun job...interesting and a chance to use your talents. What more could one want?

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  3. You did a little bit of everything. I imagine you were a valued employee. What a fun jump back in time.

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    1. It was, for the most part, a great job. Deadlines were usually disastrous tho. Lol

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  4. My dad wore suspenders and he died at the age of 93 and your painting reminds me of my dad. I'm so glad you have a photo of the painting since it was destroyed. I love looking back at old newspapers and and 1968 I had one toddler and was pregnant with the second. And they are now 55 + 53 how did it get so quickly from the age of this newspaper to now. So you were a jill-of-all-trades

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    1. I wish it wouldn't have been ruined, but life goes on.

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  5. Hello,

    You were a multi-tasker, love the newspaper photo of you. The painting of your grandfather is awesome.. Great memories and photos. Take care,stay safe! Have a great day!

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  6. I love that photo of your Dad. What a shame the painting was destroyed. It was very good! But glad you still have the photos. Sounds like a very interesting life! Thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks. I really enjoyed your post...about the memories of how you obtained a collection of sharks teeth.

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  7. Wonderful memories! I'm sure you were extremely competent and a valued employee with varied abilities and qualities. Ya dun gooood!

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    1. Well, I enjoyed this position. Very much.

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  8. What a great asset you were in that job. I also remember those beehive do's. You were what they called in those days his "girl Friday." I do remember the name Sander Vanocer! :-)

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  9. Oh yes, I remember big hair days. Sure took a long time to get ready. I do remember Sander Vanocer. He was a trusted source. You sure got your grandfather perfectly.

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  10. Such beautiful memories. I love your hair-do in the paper...
    I remember Sander Vanocour. Very well spoken and remember Pastor Richards too.
    You certainly have led an interesting life, so multi talented.
    Sue

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  11. Oh the days of big hair, bell bottoms and polyester.
    I don't miss any of them. But I do miss the simple times back then. Little did we know what the future held.
    I did so enjoy reading the post and seeing the photos and learning your first painting was of your handsome and spry granddaddy.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. I never DID wear bell bottoms. Didn't like 'em then and not now.

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  12. You have certainly had a variety of interesting jobs. Your painting skills are amazing.

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  13. Oh, Anni, I would have loved your grandpa. That is a fabulous painting.

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    1. He truly was a hoot. Never a dull moment when he was around!

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  14. I remember Sander Vanocur! He was a BIG deal! Your painting of your grandfather is just perfect! You totally captured him!

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  15. You have wonderful memories! How long did you live in Colorado? I was born and raised there but when Ron when on active duty and was stationed in CA our chances of moving home changed forever.

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    1. Colorado ...a great state (although family that still lives there say it's not much good -people, now.)

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  16. very cool indeed!!! Love old memorabilia My parternal grandfather passed at 98 2 months shy of 99 love and hugs!!!

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  17. You have many talents. Wonderful painting of your grandfather. What a shame the painting was ruined.

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  18. I love the photo of you! And reading about your Grandfather and the painting. So cool!

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  19. I so enjoyed this post, and even got two chuckles--one picturing you getting to drive your boss' fancy car, and the other your grandfather chasing the nurses. He does look very spry in the picture.

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    1. That he was! You'd not know what to expect with him...always fun

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  20. Wow girl, your painting is totally awesome. I had a job once kind of like yours only mine was for a non-profit United Cerebral Palsy. It was my second fav job. Hope your weekend is super magic!

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    1. Thanks. And be safe with all the storms heading to Florida!

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  21. Now that story was a "hoot"! I was lucky as well that my job was so varied.... Yes, I recall those hair "do"s

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    1. That's why they call me Hootin

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  22. love your hair style in 1968.....pretty.
    thank you for sharing your story of your young age and your family....
    Have a wonderful day

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    1. Thanks. Have a good day yourself

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