|From 1960's Twins scoring program.|
At Metropolitan Stadium, 1962: Manager Sam Mele, Harmon,
and owner Calvin Griffith
As it turned out, all my brothers and sisters have involved themselves in music to some degree, playing in high school bands, choirs, productions and later personal musical instruction post high school. This was part and parcel of the legacy of music inherited from people like my Grandfather Meinrad (Dad's father), and the tradition in the St. Benedict / New Prague area. My Grandfather played church organ; he
taught school in St. Benedict (located a short distance from New Prague and Jordan). He died very young, while Dad was in his teens. I know that was a blow to him, which he didn't talk about much.
Dad would pull out his harmonica every so often, and play a jaunty "Ol' Susannah." THAT was a treat, to watch him go. My folks may not have had the same opportunities to branch out in the arts, but they were enlightened, and intuitively knew that it would benefit us!
Vacation: 1959, with Susie, Mom, baby Kevin,
Jim and Nancy
|The Twins Twinkler and famous beer sign, in partial. Picture |
of fisherman rounds out rest of scene!
International Multifoods Corporation & surrounding New Prague
area, circa 1971.
I believe his reluctance to speak much contributed much to people thinking he was aloof. But when people took the time to get to know him, they loved him. A huge heart indeed. What a guy...I was proud about him and the kind of man he was.