Found in my father’s belongings: this postcard, addressed to my grandmother, giving my new address in Kansas when I moved there on January 2, 1997.
The “choking back tears” reference proved false. My three years at KU, and most of that also living in Lawrence, were the single best three years of my life to date.
This clipping from the local Blue Springs newspaper announces my appointment in 1993 to the adjunct faculty at Graceland College in Iowa. I taught part-time there for three years, whilst also teaching at the local community college and at the University of Central Missouri (as lecturer in music).
I was pretty good about self-promoting in my self-employed days in the late 1980s and on into the 1990s.
This little article in the local newspaper heralds four reviews of choral octavos, published in the Choral Journal.
In my father’s belongings was this Olan Mills photo from my senior year of college at Southwest Baptist University:
I look very much the conservative, which I was at the time.
And with my widow’s peaks growing more prominent, I was parting my hair closer and closer to the crown.
In my father’s belongings were two documents related to my birth in 1961.
I was born at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans. The total hospital bill was $113.45, which included four nights in a semi-private room (for my mother, of course) and $30 for the delivery room charge.
Care to know how crazy our health-care costs are now? That $113.45 in 1961 is still less than $1000 in today’s dollars!