Today my dad would be 81. Dad's birthdays were always fun to celebrate - kind of kick off party for the summer in Red River. One year we had a big party at the Motherlode in RR. Lots of people surprised Dad when they showed up wearing overalls, which was Dad's signature summer clothes. Knowing that Dad did not normally wear his overalls to the bar for a night of dancing, we bought him a brand new pair, which he promptly changed into at the party. The next day, he was walking down Main Street in RR, when Steve H, owner of the Motherlode, hollered from the porch of the bar. " Hey Otto, you left your pants at the bar last night!" Steve didn't think how that sounded shouted out in public. Dad was a bit embarrassed, and yet he thought it was pretty funny.
Here are some photos taken at Texas Red's on Dad's birthday. You will see Jesse on the far left sitting in my cousin's lap. That is my sister in the blue standing up behind Bo, then me, Mom and Dad. Here is Loretta serving Dad a birthday ice cream and probably singing some silly song as was the custom at Reds. Although those are some nice photos of my family, Dad was also famous for growing his beard in the summer. I loved that about him. He certainly didn't look like your typical school principal.
I am headed to WF today to spend the day with Mom.