Happy SUNday! – Air Force Basic Training

My father-in-law (circled) Frank Tifft went through basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in upstate New York back in May 1953. Frank recently passed away at age 88 and while going through some pictures that we hadn’t seen before found this gem. After the Air Force Frank worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for over 35 years as a jet and rocket engine welder – one of only a few that regularly worked on the SR-71’s otherworldly engines. We miss him greatly. January 2, 1933 to February 10, 2021.

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol

Found Foto – 1970s Bowling Team

Frank Tifft (far right).

I recently found this photo of my father-in-law’s (dad) Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (West Palm Beach, Florida) bowling team from the early to mid-1970s. My dad is the handsome gent on the far right. These guys won many championships and trophies during their heyday. My wife’s dad just passed away at 88 years old – we will miss his smile, companionship, and love.

BTW, these guys were true “rocket scientists” as they designed and built some of America’s biggest and best jet and rocket engines. My dad was responsible for making critical welds on the engines for the SR-71 and NASA’s Space Shuttle booster rockets. He was only one of a few that were certified on such technical and difficult welds. He was also an Air Force veteran from the Korean War stationed in the Tokyo, Japan area during the war.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to hug your loved ones as often as you can. – Chris

Happy SUNday! – last day in the Navy

Remembering back to that March day in 1997 when I retired from twenty-two years of service in the United States Navy. Aerographer’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (meteorology).

Carol and Chris – 1997

This was the last time I wore the uniform. Carol traveled around the world with me for the entire 22 years that I was in and we were able to be together when I was stationed in Japan and Puerto Rico. Of course, there was plenty of stateside duty too. Three ships – USS Midway (CV-41) Japan, USS Forrestal (CV-59) Florida, USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Florida.

Retirement ceremony onboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67).

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! – Chris

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A small tribute to my dad’s parents and to all of the Whelans that make up my family.

Ida And Thomas Whelan – ca. 1933

Of course, my dad’s parents are my grandparents and the only one I got to meet was my grandmother Ida Whelan, Nana to all of us grandkids, cousins, and “kin”.

The entire Whelan family – Brooklyn, New York, ca.1933

My dad Paul is the tallest guy in the back row. Back row left to right – Margaret, Janet, Paul, John, Thomas. Front row left – William, Thomas, Ida, Raymond, Mary.

I owe my incredibly curly (frizzy) hair to Nana who directly gave it to my dad who then sent it on to me.

I wish I could remember my cousins names in this picture from around 1944 or maybe the summer of 1943.

Back left a cousin, Aunt Janey (Sister Raymond Maria), Aunt Margaret, Nana, Uncle Jack. Front row left my mom Mary, a cousin, cousin Ruth. Taken in the backyard of my grandmother’s home in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge).

I guess I’m feeling a bit old today and a bit blue. It’s nice to look back at your roots now and then. – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Mother’s Day Memories

mom and me 1976 jensen

Chris and Mary

My mom and me at Jensen Beach, Florida in December 1976. Photo by Carol with my Yashica TL Electro X on Kodak Ektachrome color slide film. Always thinking of you especially on this day.

Have a beautiful and safe day everyone. Thanks for stopping by. – Chris

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The advantages of being a self-diagnosed hypochondriac during a pandemic…

None that I can think of at the moment. Here’s a funny post that describes me to a tee… well, almost.

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Stay at home and self-quarantine – that’s a normal day for me. Wash your hands frequently – how many times beyond fifty a day is considered excessive?

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Isolation can be a desperate time for many – call friends frequently and check on the family.

All kidding aside, please take care of yourselves and remember to check frequently on family and friends – during stressful times like this, a person’s mental wellness is important too.

Have a wonderful day and stay safe! – Chris