Today is my Dad's 75th birthday. Hoorah!
It seems as though Dad's been around since the dawn of time,
though, that may only be the dawn of my time.
Dad's always been fond of history and being born in 1933, he might find it interesting to know that it was 1933 that saw the debut of the film King Kong and the first photo of the Loch Ness Monster. I'm not saying it was a year of monsters, just that it was a very cool year.
I went through all my old photos and found almost none of Dad. I suppose while we were growing up he was the one taking the pictures, so he wasn't ever in them. I took a gander through the internet and lo and behold I found a photo of him cutting the lawn at his lawn bowling club.
Did you know that 1933 was also the year that saw the invention of the rotary lawn mower? Spooky.
For all of his adult life Dad worked for the railway, starting out as a machinist and working his way round to management.
When Dad started his machinists' training (back in 1950 when he was 17) there were still a few steam engines kicking around and so he was one of the last group that was trained in repairing them, isn't that amazing?! (Not that he should feel old.)
Dad retired in 1988, and in those 38 years he never took one sick day, pretty impressive, no?
After the first 35 years of no sick days the railway gave him a special sticker to wear on his hardhat.
Hmmm... I think they should have done better than that, a medal maybe?
Here's some footage of CN steam engine 3254, which lives in Pennsylvania now.
I wonder if you ever worked on this one?
Happy Birthday Dad!