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17. One of my grandfathers fought in World War I as well
Mon Nov 13, 2023, 06:00 AM
Nov 2023

His mom, whom I knew, as she lived to be 99, was a constant worry wart, so he wrote her letters from the front about what a wonderful, nice place France was. He told us it was a living hell, and otherwise said nothing about the war.

He returned home, survived the Depression by working menial jobs for nickels and dimes. His greatest asset was his incredible wit, which he never lost. In the 1960s, he remarked that he would turn LBJ’s “War on Poverty” into a War on Puberty to stem the Copulation Explosion. When he was 99, he sent out Christmas cards with a current photo of himself and the caption “Compliments of the Seasoned.” It’s no wonder that his wit saved him, and he was eventually picked up by an advertising agency. After losing his wife, at age 80, he took up painting to keep himself occupied. One of his first, my favorite, was his impression of a board meeting from his days with the advertising agency. It was called "The Blockheads." I was honored that he made sure that his will stated that it was for me:

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