Thank You from Lee Allen (Feb 04, 2007)
I'd like to thank everyone for the kind words you have sent my way
over the past few days. As is predictable for me, my Dad's passing is
sinking in slowly. Your warm thoughts and memories have been
comforting and have brought a smile to my face.
My parents were divorced when I was 4, in 1969. I would talk with Dad
every week (on Sunday nights, if I recall). Up until I was in junior
high school, my brother and I would spend Summer vacations out in
California with Dad. He was so excited to have us to himself! I have
particularly fond memories of going to work with him when he was at
KDEO and KFMB. We would get up so early in the morning and go to the
station. Dad always introduced us to EVERYONE. He would put us on
the air, which I thought was the coolest. He never hustled us out of
the studio. We knew to be quiet when the mic was open and he would
play with us during records or the news. I never felt like a burden
or something that had to be dealt with. He was proud to have us there
and loved us very much.
As I moved into adult life (whatever THAT means!), I enjoyed talking
with Dad about almost anything. The combination of his intellect and
sharp wit made him so interesting to talk with. I think about how
discourse in general today is so divisive and abrasive. Agreeing and
disagreeing with my Dad were the same. Challenging. And fun. The
world needs more of that, doesn't it?
My apologies for sending a relatively impersonal group e-mail. I did
want to get something out today and will look forward to more personal
communication down the road a little bit.
Consistent with my Dad's wishes, he has been cremated and we will be
having a private service.
Again, many thanks for your thoughts.
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