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Throwback Thursday

Young and innocent!

Young and innocent!

I recently found this photo of myself from back in the good, old days. Specifically, October of 1976.

I was a year removed from the University of Illinois, working at my third newspaper job, the “Suburban Trib” (the “Chicago Tribune’s” multi-weekly suburban supplements). I was a sportswriter who, of course, specialized in girls’ sports. In fact, back then I covered all of them in all the Chicago-area suburbs, north, south, and west (east, of course, is Lake Michigan). By the time I left in 1981, my clip drawers were overflowing.

See the typewriter behind me? I banged out a bunch of copy on it . . . in triplicate. We didn’t get computers until almost the end of my tenure. I was (and still am) a fast typist whose fingers could keep up with my thoughts. But I sure wish we had the ability to copy and paste back then! Writing life would’ve been so much easier.

I must admit that I don’t remember that day 37 years ago when staff photographer Carl Wagner snapped my photo. But I do recall that he was cute . . . and that I really liked that sweater!

Throwback Thursday

Kindergarten graduation: Tyler and the kid

Kindergarten graduation: Tyler and the kid

Looks like this is a sentimental week for me.

Together at the kid's sixth birthday party

Together at the kid’s sixth birthday party

I guess that’s what happens when you’re on the verge of being an empty-nester. You can’t help but remember the good, old days.

For some reason they used the bathtub as their clubhouse.

For some reason they used the bathtub as their clubhouse.

Especially when old friends stop by. This week it was Tyler, who came over to sell us fundraising cards for our high school’s football team (he’s a senior linebacker).

Possibly the cutest youth football players ever!

Possibly the cutest football players ever!

Tyler and my younger son were inseparable in elementary school. They met in kindergarten, were in the same second-grade class, and played youth football together for four years (Tyler’s dad was the coach). They really clicked as best buddies.

However, they went their separate ways when Tyler switched to private schools for several years.

Sidebar: Tyler’s mom, Diane, and I also instantly clicked as friends. When the boys were young, we vowed that even if their friendship didn’t stand the test of time, that ours would. And it has!

All growed up!

All growed up!

When Tyler walked into our house, he went straight into reminiscing mode. It was fun to listen to him and my son remember the good times and talk about what they’re looking forward to in the future.

Hopefully, that includes keeping in touch with each other! Hope you have a great season, Tyler!!