Happy 50th to A Golden Oldie!

1972 brought us many things, including:

  • The first episode of the Price is Right hosted by Bob Barker
  • Gas that only cost 36 cents a gallon
  • Nacho cheese Doritoes
  • Time Warner launched HBO
  • PONG!
  • Oakland A’s were World Series champs
  • Dallas Cowboys won Superbowl VI
  • The Godfather hit movie theaters
  • My baby brother was born

The story goes something like this – my mom and dad brought my brother home from the hospital after he was born and introduced us. My first response was “I don’t want him. Take him back!” And so begins the relationship of two brothers who couldn’t be more different.

Back in 2019, I asked my brother Christopher to write a little something for this blog. I went back and reread it today and found myself laughing again. It is worth sharing again.

Now that he has been older than me for 13 years (I’m stand on Jack Benny’s position that I am 39!), I wanted to find a special way to salute his 50 years on this planet. So, how about some photographic memories (in as chronological order as I can get):

I’d say the above photo is early 1973. He is obviously still too young to be that big of a problem to me.

This might be 1974. I’m not sure, but it seems like this may have been an outfit my mom liked me in. I think it is the same one I wore in a professional photoshoot.

Sure looks the same to me. Despite the terrible outfits, I love this picture of my brother and me.

Sesame Street was such a big part of our lives. I guess Chris really liked Big Bird. This picture cracks me up because I have mismatched PJ’s on! I may have to revisit this one for a Photo Flashback!

One of the first family photos I remember. We were at my dad’s work open house. Nice shirt, Chris!!

My mom made that ceramic Yoda for my brother for his birthday!

Christmas cheese! This might be the only picture of Santa with both of us. I could be wrong.

HA! We made these hats.

This was a Halloween costume I wore one year. Then they had some play at school and we recycled it for Chris.

I have posted that one before – fishing in Caseville! LOVE this picture – but hate my outfit!

Chris and I in matching shirts at my grandma’s house.

Terrible picture of both of us – but the look on his face cracks me up!

ANOTHER terrible photo!! Not sure about the ugly flannel shirts or our hair!!!

From my first trip to Columbus. I think this was the trip we had professional pictures of us taken for our folks. Thankfully, I cannot find those pictures!!

My aunt and uncle had a place on the lake and had a big picnic every year. Always loved going to them and it was always an added bonus when Chris was able to make it.

Best man at my first wedding.

A favorite photo of my brother, me and my dad – 2010

Again in 2013 – Christmas Eve I think

First anniversary trip in 2019 to Cleveland. My brother met up with us for dinner … somewhere in Ohio!

He’s quite a good Uncle to his niece and nephew. 2020

Family Photo shoot 2021

I have so many wonderful memories with my brother! We had a lot of fun growing up together. In recent years, we’ve become closer and I am grateful for that. I’m proud of his successes and am thankful that we are family. I wish you a wonderful day full of smiles and happiness.

Thank you for being such a wonderful friend, a support, and caring brother. Thank you for loving my family. Thank you for being such an amazing uncle. Thank you for taking us all to Disney (You are doing that, right?!)

Here is to another 50 years! Happy Birthday, Christopher. I love you, always!!

11 thoughts on “Happy 50th to A Golden Oldie!

  1. I feel so incredibly lucky that our relationship turned the corner and didn’t go the other way. Who else can I send photos of William Shatner or Perry Como to and get a laugh??? Thanks for being a fantastic older brother!!! Love ya!

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  2. nice history through pictures! It’s a gift to have a sibling you’re close to. My brother, let’s say not one to want to make contact with anyone in the family. I do have a couple of photos of him and I together when we were young, might post an oldies photo day sometime.
    PS- the Sesame street photo -that couch! Love it – we used to have one much like it in the 70s, same poofy design and it was like, yellow velour! It was comfy though!

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  3. This is a fantastic post! Happy birthday to your brother! These photos remind me of my own childhood lol. Fellow 70s baby here – 1975. My little brother was born in 1981 and I reacted similarly – I told my mom that I had wanted a sister not a brother. But now he is definitely one of my best friends. As it looks like that you and your brother are as well. 🙂

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    1. Thank you! There was a time during my first marriage where we drifted apart, mainly because of my ex, I am so glad to be close to him now!

      I was born in 70 and he was 72. I often wonder if a wide age gap makes a difference on the relationships of siblings.

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