My Dad – 7 Mar 1914 – 3 Nov 1963

On this sad day 55-years-ago I lost my dad and best friend. Forever with me.

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Sgt. Paul J. Whelan, USA, Ft. Dix, N.J. – 1943

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Brooklyn, N.Y. – c1919

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Mom and Dad in Brazil – c1961

Forever in my heart. – Chris

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People that knew my mom

I wish I knew more than what the title says – just random people that must have known my mom. New York City, the late 1930s (?) or very early 1940s.

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Photographer: Mary Whelan

Have a great Satur-YAY!

Chris

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Times Square NYC – 1996

How quickly things change in Times Square. 1996 looks like eons ago… wait, it was eons ago!

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Not the best of scans. Canon EOS Rebel 2000 on Kodak Kodacolor film. NYC – May 1996

Chris

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The Empire State – 1996

Found photo from a quick trip to New York City during Fleet Week, 1996.

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May 1996 – NYC

Canon EOS Rebel 2000 on Kodak Kodacolor

Chris

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We forget how special this was at the end of such a traumatic and tragic year – 1968

It was a great way to bring such a horrible year to an end. Vietnam and the Tet Offensive, Bobby and Martin taken from us. The USS Pueblo and crew captured. Convention riots and the “protest” at the Mexico City Olympics. Colleges under siege – My Lei murders and a lost submarine. Hair opens on Broadway and 2001: A Space Odyssey in theaters. We get Nixon. The USS Pueblo crew returns and America sends three humans into orbit around the moon in December. We see the Earth as a little blue and white marble in the blackness of space. 1968 – I was 14 and took in every minute of it.

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The Apollo 8 mission brought the events of 1968 to a hopeful close. Could we really land humans on the moon! Apollo 8 got us going. Could Vietnam end? No more assassinations – please. Nuclear weapons flying on B-52s over our heads and U.S. Navy Sailors perish on a sunken submarine (USS Scorpion – 99 Sailors).

You couldn’t jam more stuff into a year if you tried in a thousand lifetimes.

Chris