We went to Portland, Oregon, last week to celebrate my father-in-laws 85th birthday. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I spent the time at dinner getting to know him and his history.
He was born in Baker City, Oregon and grew up there. He wanted to be a rancher, but circumstances changed the direction of his life and he worked at a local Texaco station. At one point he found out there was a bigger station available in Boise, Idaho so they moved.
After five years he burned out, working seven days a week. After taking some time to decide what he wanted to do next, he discovered he had knack for accounting and started to get his degree at Boise Junior College. In the middle of his tenure there it became Boise College, the forerunner to BSU.
He had several accounting jobs in his career and eventually retired from the state of Idaho and moved to Portland.
His favorite subject is history and I got him to talk about his perspective on FDR, World War II and just his life in general. If I could talk him into it, I would invite him to write a column for this blog about his point of view of history and the changes he has witnessed in his eighty-five years of living. So far I haven’t been successful, but I will keep trying.
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