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Harry Through the Years

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S: Celebrating 80 Years

FC: Celebrate!

1: Eighty birthdays, Eighty years, Eighty parties, Eighty cheers, Eighty is happy. Eighty is bold. Eighty is you, And you are old! Here is a look at the past Eighty Years...

3: 80

4: Evelyn, Milt, Harry, & Bobbi with their mother, Pauline | The Early Years | Sixteen Months

5: 3 months old with Milton | Evelyn, Harry, & Milt | Milton, Harry & Evelyn

6: Your little black book contains a lot of names ending in M.D. People call at 10 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?” You long for the days when you didn’t need glasses to read this list You have a party and the neighbors don’t even realize it Everything either hurts or doesn’t work anymore You have forgotten what perky feels like You suck in your gut and it doesn’t go away Getting lucky means having a short wait at the doctor’s office Your knees buckle and your belt won’t | You Know You're 80 When...

7: You remember when a dollar was considered a generous allowance Work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work You are told to slow down by your doctor, not the police You’re not grouchy. You just hate traffic, waiting, & loud music Your back has more hair than your head You smile all the time because you can’t hear a thing anyone is saying You are in an elevator when your favorite song comes on Your back goes out more than you do

8: The Wife

14: Top 10 Reasons Why it's Great that Pop-Pop Harry is 80... | 10. He can eat oatmeal as his heavy meal of the day. 9. He can still play craps and blackjack like a 79 year-old. 8. He is finally old enough to get away with not remembering anyone's name!! 7. There's nothing left to learn the hard way. 6. His secrets are safe with his friends because they can't remember them either. 5. I can repeat things on this list and he wont even notice. 4. I can repeat things on this list and he wont even notice. 3. His contract is up and he can finally get a new cell phone. 2. The other residents at Waverly can still call him 'kiddo'. And the number 1 reason why it’s great that Pop-Pop is 80... 1. It beats the alternative.

16: Families are like fudge...

17: Mostly sweet with a few nuts

18: Happy Birthday Harry We wish you the very happiest of birthdays and all the best of everything always! Sorry we couldn't be with you to celebrate your 80th, but our best wishes and love is with you. All our love, Milton and Sue

19: My Dear Brother Harry, We were so lucky not to have to look far to find a room for my brother right nextdoor, on a bed, not the floor and to find me he used a window and not the door! But before you moved out, you came home very drunk one night Oh my goodness – plopped down on my couch Said “don’t tell dad – OUCH!” Harry grew up.. But not too tall Played craps in the alley; he and his friend had a ball. Then Harry met Sally oops, no I mean Sheri and then came Michael and Bonnie And what good luck – he met Al Who in time became my pal But after some years the business became his own That led to much success and Joan! All my love and best wishes for a Happy Birthday, Evelyn | Harry, Whenever we think about the good old days we remember a funny story among so many that all occured on the beaches of New Jersey. As teenagers, Atlantic City was our playground. And like all teenagers we played tricks that we thought were funny at the time. One story you might enjoy remembering involved you and a bathing suit. Or not a bathing suit!?! While you and Stan and some other friends were in the ocean , the guys took your bathing suit off and left you out there while they showed the bathing suit to everyone on the beach asking if anyone has seen you??? You were out there yelling and pleading for the guys to bring your suit back!! Those days were fun and silly and carefree! | We are very glad to be here to celebrate your special birthday with the best brother in the world! We love you very much!! Bobbi and Stan

22: They say I just turned 80 I demand a recount

23: It takes twice as long to look half as good Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off The clothes you've put away until they come back in style... have come back in style You finally got your head together, now your body is falling apart You feel like “the morning after” when you haven't been anywhere the night before Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size Happy hour is a nap | You Know You're 80 When...

24: DAD - WHAT CAN I SAY? I used to think I was good with words..yet here I sit asking myself “What can I possibly say?” How do I tell you? What words can I find that will somehow express how I feel about you and what I so strongly think about you? What are the words that will reach deep inside me and tell you how much I love you and how much I think of you? That’s the dilemma I face every time I try writing this note to you. What can I say? What can anyone say when it turns out your best friend, your hero, your role model, your mentor and your life’s inspiration is also your Dad? Well that’s me Dad – I’m that guy! You are all of those things to me and actually much much more. So what can I say? Well here’s one thing I can say that is certain. I am one very lucky guy to have you as my Dad. That’s a fact and I have known it for a long time. No matter what the deal, no matter what else is going on, no matter what the circumstances in life or in business or in family matters..you are always there for me. And that makes you a Dad who has an unconditional love! What can I say about that other than you are without doubt the best! | And here’s something else I can tell you...all my life I have often thought ”what would Dad do in this situation?” Whenever I faced a difficult decision, or a tough situation to handle, or any kind of a choice to make, I always turn to my most reliable source: How would Dad handle this? What would he do? What would he say or decide? And not by coincidence this always leads me to the best result. You have helped me countless times make the right decision and go down the better path – so what can you say when you have a Dad that great and that you can always depend on? You say thanks! And that I am one lucky guy to have you!!

25: And I can also tell you this Dad---- your positive spirit, your outlook on life, and the way you approach everything is truly inspirational to me. When I say you are my hero, I don’t say it lightly. I think the best compliment you can pay someone is that you want to be like them..and I have always wanted and strived to be like you! So back to my dilemma,what can I say? Well the answer is this: I love you very much. And you are without question the best friend, the best Dad, and the best ‘everything’ any son could have. I can say all of that for sure!!! So a big Happy Birthday Dad – and being the very special person that you are, know that you have made a big difference in the lives of many. Mine especially! Love ya Dad!! | Michael

26: A couple in their eighties were having trouble remembering things so they went to their doctor for checkups. The doctor told them that they were both physically fine and advised them to write things down to help them remember. Later that evening while watching television, the husband got up from his chair to go to the kitchen for a snack. He asked his wife if she wanted anything. "Could you bring me a bowl of ice cream?" she asked. "Sure," he replied. "Do you think you should write that down to remember it?" she asked. "No, I can remember that," he said. "I'd like some strawberries on it, too. Do you need to write that down?" she said. "No, I can remember that, too. Ice cream with strawberries," he said, becoming a little irritated. "I'd like some whipped cream on it, too. Can you remember all that? The doctor said you should write things down," she said. "For goodness sakes, I can remember that. I don't need to write it down. A bowl of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream," he said, now more than a little irritated. Off he went to the kitchen. About 20 minutes later he returned with a plate of bacon and eggs. The wife stared at it for a moment and said, "Where's my toast?"

27: The Many Faces of Harry Brooks | The 'Ben Franklin' Harry (With Betsy Ross) | The 'Don' Harry | The 'Lady Ga-Ga at 80' Harry | The 'Am I really as lost as I look' Harry

28: 80 | Dear Dad, I am not a writer or poet as you are aware so when I sat down and started thinking about our life together my eyes started to tear. Your turning 80 made me think of all those great times we enjoyed and the ones still yet to come. Going through the pictures for this memory book took me back in time. From the time I was a little girl you always made me feel special. The gift boxes with the clothes, the shopping outings, the jewelry you bought me, and our trips to the Americana in Florida...It was hard to tell who was happier you or me. Visiting you on Winding Way was always a highlight. Playing with the girls and having you make our brunch from Hymie’s made me see the love you had for all of us. Your cleaning up after brunch makes me the compulsive cleaner I am today. Yours and Joan’s antique collection which seemed to grow and grow fascinated me. Staying at the Americana in Florida I thought we were celebrities. The employees always seemed to make sure we had everything and anything we wanted. Of all of the restaurants we went to I still remember our dining experience at the Embers. I thought you owned the place the way we were greeted and served. And oh those Lamb Chops, the best I ever had (except maybe for Craig’s). You living in Keystone Point gave me the opportunity to come to Florida through my teen years. I will never forget our fishing trip when you took Susie, me, and a few of our friends out on a boat. I spent the afternoon holding Susie’s hair as she was on the side of the boat looking at fishies. We know what she was really doing!

29: Bringing the kids to visit you at Hillcrest Road was always fun and interesting. The children loved the caricatures you painted on the walls, the doll collection, the baskets of eye glasses, the barber shop chair, slot machine and who could forget how large the antique collection had grown. Meeting you in Atlantic City always seemed to be profitable. Standing at the craps table as your daughter I never lost, “not sure how you made out dad” but we both had a lot of fun. As a Grandfather you excelled. The boys always enjoyed spending time with you. Buying an 8 ft Yogi Bear for them was a constant reminder of how you always made them smile and the mutual love you guys have for each other. As they got older and even now they can always count on you to be there for them when they need you. This includes those AC and Vegas hook ups you still make possible. Dad, you're one of a kind!!! Generous, witty, creative (I don’t know anybody else’s father who has written as many books as you). I am proud to be the daughter of a man who is successful, funny, loving, caring, understanding, and my role model. Through the good times and the bad you have always stood by me and loved me. You can never know how much that means to me. I love you very much and I am so happy to be here with you at your 80th birthday party. What goes around comes around, after making all of those albums for the family, now you have a memory book to call your own. With all my love, Bonnie

30: Dear Dad, As a husband, no one is more devoted and true. As a father you are always caring and supportive. As a grandfather, no one is more generous. You’re a wonderful friend to those who are fortunate to know you. Happy 80th Birthday Dad. Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do. I Love you, Beth

31: Growing Up with Dad..... There were trips to the circus, amusement parks and parades. I remember going to see ball games, including the Eagles, 76ers, Phillies, Flyers and even the Harlem Globetrotters, where the audience was invited on the court at half-time to dance the Twist. I’ll never forget when we went to one Flyers’ game you got frustrated at the lack of parking spaces and put your car in a no parking zone. As we started to walk toward the stadium, a policeman came over and said you would have to move the car, the spot was illegal. You said there are no other spaces and if he wanted the car moved so much he could have it. The cop was dumbfounded and insisted that you would have to move it. Then you said, “here are the keys, really, you can have the car, it’s yours, a nice new Cadillac.” I was frozen with fear that he was going to arrest you, but instead he just walked away shaking his head mumbling something about crazy sports fans. To go around with Dad is to travel first class all the way, the best seats, VIP treatment, no waiting in lines. The most amazing vacation of all time has to be the one when you took Bonnie and me to New York City for a weekend. There was the deluxe hotel, lobster dinner, drinks at the Algonquin Hotel’s Round Table Room before front row seats at a dinner theatre “speak easy.” We traveled by chauffeured limousine and got to stay up late and everything. It was a fairy tale experience from beginning to end, and left me spoiled for life. I remember too many special things you have done to name in this note, like stocking my kitchen with bags and bags of grocery store items every time I moved into a new home, birthday gifts of stunning clothes that came from retail stores not even on sale yet, writing poems so I could get extra credit in school. I also remember all of the grief I put you through during the early years, but maybe it was a form of exercise and that’s why you are so fit and energetic today. You continue to astound and impress me with your generosity, thoughtfulness, accomplishments, and extraordinary joie de vivre for every day of your life. With all my love and gratitude, I hope your 80th Birthday is as special and remarkable as you are. Susie

32: Eighty candles on your cake. Surely there’s a big mistake. What a fire! What a flame! Your many years are all to blame. So call the firemen. Phone or shout. Or, quickly, Blow those candles out!

35: Objects in book are not as large as they appear

36: The idea that 'no one is perfect' is a view most commonly held by people with no grandchildren.

39: Inside your pants you label with good, bad, or fair. When I saw that I laughed so hard I almost fell from my chair. I had so much fun putting this book together for you. We tried to keep it a surprise so that you wouldn't have a clue. I enjoyed looking at all the pictures throughout the 80 years. Some made me laugh so hard it filled my eyes with tears. Very happy to be celebrating you turning the big Eight-Oh. You're a wonderful, caring, awesome Pop-Pop I hope you know. So sit back and relax for now that you see how important you are to so many, and to me. | Happy Birthday to you! Hope this day brings much joy. For you surely deserve it so sit back and enjoy! Another year older but wiser you grow. There isn't much more that you don't already know. The memories we've shared will stay forever in my heart. Thinking about them all where should I start? I'll never forget you dancing with me on my wedding day. Forever in my mind that memory will stay. Or the time you saved me from summer camp. Although it wasn't really that bad, maybe a little bit damp. | Michelle

41: Pop Pop A man who looks out for everybody’s well being He is getting old but his wits are not fleeting A man who leads by unwavering beliefs He knows what to wear because he labels his briefs A man who has taught us about life’s lows and highs He rolls craps like a pro his actions never unwise A man who inspires us through jokes, stories and books He made sure through his words his grandkids are not schnooks A man who through thick and thin has always endured He met Jay Leno they are best friends he ensured A man who without we would all be the lesser He is now 80 and still a real snappy dresser A man who we love and adore and look to for advice He is good with the ladies a shock he married just twice A man like no other the best Pop Pop for sure This one’s for you “baby” and here’s to many many more | Dear Pop Pop, Thank you for being who you are. You have always been there to give me sound advice and a shoulder to lean on. Your stories and life lessons have helped shape me into the man I am today and taught me about the triumphs and tribulations that are in store. I can firmly say I am a better man for having you in my life and appreciate all you have done for me to help make me a success. Love, Craig

43: Dear Pop-Pop, Happy 80th Birthday! I’m so happy for you that you are able to have your family and friends here to share this special day with you. You don’t act 80, you don’t look 80, and you don’t live your life like a typical 80 year old man. Your love of life, your family, and your friends is truly an inspiration. You have personally made me a better man and I couldn’t be happier to be with you today. Lots of Love, Daniel

45: Dear Pop-Pop, I have so many fond memories of you. So I thought I'd make you a cartoon of two of my all time favorites. I'm lucky to have THE coolest, hippest , funniest, most generous, and greatest Pop-Pop ever! With all my love and Happy 80th, Jason B.

47: When we were asked to write something for this special book It didn’t take long to find the words; we barely even had to look Funny, loving, generous, and kind are a few just to start But there are not enough pages in this book to truly impart How special of a father, brother, grand and great grandfather you have always been How when you walk into a room everyone just seems to grin It is your 80th birthday, for which family and friends have come together And we could not dream of someone to celebrate that could be any better We look forward to celebrating many more momentous occasions with you But you have to read one more stanza before we bid you adieu We hope you enjoy this poem and your new book We have all learned from the best, you Pop Pop, Mr. Harry Brooks | The man, the myth, the legend | Pop-Pop | With Love, Mark & Ilyssa

49: Dear Uncle Harry: My earliest memory was when Pauline and I used to wake you up by banging perfume bottles on the wall of our bedroom which was connected to your bedroom in the house next door on Warnock Street where we all lived. Oh what a mess that wall was! Then there was the memory of the family Hanukkah party when I was a very little girl where you dressed up as Santa Claus and gave out Hanukkah presents. (that was sure confusing !) When I graduated elementary school you wrote in my autograph book and everyone thought you were ‘really cool’. One summer you gave me a job at ‘Hourly Messingers’. I was so excited, I got all dressed up with heels and everything and ended up sitting in front of the microfish machine looking for invoices! After I was married, I called you for advice on where to get a station wagon. You told me you could get me one for $100 a month (I think). But when the transmission went in the car and I traded it in, and you called and asked for the next month’s payment I told you I didn’t have the car anymore so why should I make the payment! Good thing you had a sense of humor! I remember one Thanksgiving at Linda and Tony’s when you came dressed as Ben Franklin and gave out Hanukkah gelt to all the kids. (You really like the dressing up thing) | I remember when you began writing your books. You sent a copy of the first book to me, and I read it on the auto-train going to Florida and couldn’t wait to call and tell you how much I loved it. And I loved the books that followed. You made the characters come to life. You are a great story teller! You’ve always been there for me to give advice or make suggestions regarding finances. You always have a smile and kind words for everyone. You never complain (who would listen ?) and seem to enjoy life and live each day to its fullest. When you enter a room you never hesitate to entertain with a story- performed with all the innuendos required to make it great! You’re classy! You’re sophisticated! You’re charming! Happy 80th Birthday and may you be blessed with many more happy and healthy birthdays ! With love, Phyllis (and Bud too!)

50: Fact #1 Despite popular believe that Harry was born to black sharecroppers in Alabama which would explain his smooth and skilled dancing and his uncanny sense of rhythm, jive and soul; he was born a poor Jewish boy on June 1, 1931 to Jack and Pauline Bruchansky of Philadelphia, PA. Fact #2 Not only is Harry a successful businessman, a wise entrepreneur, and a savvy investor, he is also a published author, an accomplished artist, a comic genius and a famous and talented Waverly Master of Ceremonies and showman. Multi-talented! Fact #3 High-Yo, Harry is a lucky gambler! Mr. B is known as “The King of Comps.” Tales of Mr. B’s record-holding dice rolls at the craps tables, huge black jack hits and uncanny handicapping skills at the horse track have followed him from Florida to Atlantic City to Las Vegas and to Monte Carlo. He’s da man! Fact #4 Matchmaker! Thanks to Harry’s great judge of character and keen eye for compatibility, and with a little help from Dial-A-Sec and the Harper’s Annual Company Picnic he successfully introduced his son Michael to his now daughter-in-law Marilyn. Fact #5 Harry gives Donald Trump a run for his money, selling the same business over and over again, each time for more and more money! Plus Harry has a much better hairdo than Donald. | Amazing Facts about The Great Harry Brooks

51: Fact #6 Harry is GQ! Remember the man purse, the thick gold chains, the diamond pinky rings, tight bellbottom pants, suede sport coats, Gucci shoes and Louis Vuitton briefcases? Harry perfected those styles and was metrosexual before there was a metrosexual. Designers call him for men’s fashion tips, style advice and grooming suggestions. Fact #7 Harry is THE original “Philly Fanatic.” Win or lose his “Iggles” and his Phillies are always #1. Fact #8 Harry is known as the “Mayor of Waverly.” He deserves the Waverly Favorite Resident Award for his dedication and commitment to the Waverly lifestyle. Fact #9 In the dictionary when you look up devoted, generous, caring, thoughtful, smart, funny, and creative Harry is pictured next to each word. He is the complete “package!” (Get it, "package" since you were in the delivery business.) Fact #10 These facts were created to wish a Happy 80th Birthday to the most amazing, most loved, most respected husband, father, father-in-law, brother, friend, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and Pop-Pop ever! With love, gratitude, and best wishes today and always, Marilyn P.S. We all want to thank you for changing the family name to Brooks!

52: Three men from Waverly are out walking one morning. One says to another, "Windy, isn't it?" "No," the second man answers, "it's Thursday." The third guy, listening in, pipes up, "So am I! Let's grab a beer." | Three sisters, aged 81, 83 and 85, live together. One night the 85 year old draws a bath for herself. As she sticks her foot in, she pauses. She yells to her sisters downstairs, "Was I getting in or out of the bath?" The 83 year old shouts back loudly, "I don't know. Let me come up there and see." She begins walking up the stairs, but then pauses . She yells to her sisters "Was I going up the stairs or down?" The 81 year old is sitting in the living room, enjoying some tea. She listens to her sisters, shakes her head and mutters to herself, "I sure hope I never get that forgetful. Knock on wood." She then turns and shouts, "I'll come up there and help both of you as soon as I see who's knocking at the door."

53: As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang. Picking up, he heard his wife, her voice high with anxiety, warn him, "Henry, I just saw on the news that there's a car driving the wrong way on Highway 880. Please be careful!" "One?" replied Henry, "You've got to be kidding me. I see at least a hundred!"

54: Pop-Pop becomes "Great"

55: I know I'm so damn cute, question is will the gas credit card program still be in effect when I start driving? Happy 80th Pop-Pop! Lots of love, Eric

56: You Know You're 80 When... | Your mind makes contracts your body can't keep The pharmacist has become your new best friend You come to the conclusion that your worst enemy is gravity You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks in You wake up, looking like your driver's license picture You begin every other sentence with, "Nowadays..." Getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot You constantly talk about the price of gasoline You look for your glasses for half-an-hour, then find they've been on your head all the time Your idea of weight lifting is standing up

57: You might recognize the name Harry Brooks He’s written quite a bit about crooks The writing is sometimes rambling But usually it’s about gambling The story lines are cool, if you know what we mean It’d be great to see one on the big screen. He’s become the King of Waverly Heights All he needs is a stage and some bright lights With Queen Joan and her court, they reign together They’re at every event no matter the weather. His creative abilities have no limit He could probably play Beethoven on an old spinet He’s a sports fan, artistic, outgoing, and he’s got the smarts He has a special place in his family’s and friend’s hearts. So, dear Uncle Harry, we’re delighted to celebrate Your birthday of some considerable weight One could say that your eighty years young And that’s a birthday tune that’s got to be sung. With love and admiration, Linda and Tony | Happy Birthday, Uncle Harry

58: Dear Pop-Pop Harry, I was told that I had to write a letter to Pop-Pop for his 80th birthday. At first I thought a simple birthday wish and one or two funny lines would do. I just couldn’t keep it that simple. I mean this is the guy who flew to Vegas for my bachelor party, danced with my bride on our wedding day, and showed me what it really means to have a Grandpa in your life. Then I really thought about what it means to celebrate your 80th birthday and all of the amazing things that you were able to witness and talk about. Over the past 80 years Pop-Pop has not just called over 5,000 different blackjack dealers “babe” but his life has been so much more. Lets put 80 years into perspective: In 1931 the cost of a gallon of gas was $.10 cents, a loaf of bread $.08 cents, the cost of a new house was $6,790 dollars. Those gas cards would have been a solid gift back then. The Empire State Building was completed and became the tallest building in the world. Herbert Hoover was President of the United States and within the past 80 years Pop-Pop has witnessed 11 U.S. Presidents sworn in! The Films "Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind" were produced. In 1938 the ball-point pen was invented, which we found was going to be extremely important for this famous author-to-be. Pop-Pop witnessed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He then would witness an African American President sworn in just 44 years later. In 1950 Diners Club introduced the first credit card. Not sure how Harry felt after this one, but we know that his 5 grandkids were going to be happy!! In 1952 the first diet soft drink was developed. This was key in order for Pop-Pop to keep his looks in check! In 1967 the first handheld calculator was invented. This made it possible for Pop-Pop to calculate earnings on-the-go while spending a weekend in Atlantic City. In 1977 the MRI was invented and this would change the world of Medicine forever. In 1981, IBM introduced the first PC and you know Pop-Pop had to own one of these! In 1991, the protocol for the World Wide Web was born. Something we take for granted everyday Pop-Pop witnessed when he turned 60 years old.

59: Once I saw all the things you were so lucky to have seen, I thought some more about your beloved Philadelphia Sports teams that you have watched for all these years. These are not here to make you feel old; ok maybe just a little: The Philadelphia Eagles started in 1933 and have had 19 Head Coaches over the past 80 years. Pop-Pop has been around for all 1076 football games and witnessed his 1960 Philadelphia Eagles be the only team ever to defeat Vince Lombardi’s Packers in the playoffs! The Philadelphia Phillies have won 6 World Series Championships and thrown 7 No-Hitters. However, along with these great accomplishments he has also seen them lose 100 games in a season 8 times. The Philadelphia Flyers have been with Pop-Pop from the start. All 43 seasons, 18 head coaches, 2 Stanley Cup Championships in amazing 34-playoff appearances. You might want to root a little more for the Flyers, they are a pretty solid bet. The Philadelphia 76ers were born when Pop-Pop was only 6 years old. From there he would watch them earn 3 NBA titles and go through 23 Head Coaches. He also watched them make one of the worst trades in NBA history sending Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers, which eventually sent the 76ers into a downward freefall. | I sure hope that when I turn 80 I will be fortunate enough to have experienced half of what you have been so fortunate to be a part of over the past 80 years. Happy 80th Birthday, wishing you all the best today and always. - Jason Nissan

60: Brooks | Harry Brooks | HB in the News...

61: H.B.

62: Brooks | Harry, the Celebrity

64: The Performer

66: Dear Harry, How lucky I am to have married your daughter. You are the most generous and kind person I know. Your family and friends constantly benefit from your good will, charm and concern. As you reach the milestone of your 80th birthday, I wish you many more years of healthy, happy life. Joan tells me when I reach 80 (not so far away) I will qualify for a gas credit card. Love you. Marc

67: Dear Uncle Harry, My very first memory of you is lying in your bed on the other side of my bedroom wall. I proceed to knock on the wall and call you for breakfast. I was a youngster and you must have been a young man. Your mother died and you and your father came to live in the house next to ours at 4748 North Warnock Street. Aunt Bobbie of course was living with us. We provided meals, companionship and I’m sure a lot of chaos. It couldn’t have been easy for you after losing your mother and your home at the same time. On the other hand, you were used to losing one home after the other when your father somehow decided he was ready to move for a job or a new business or whatever. Clearly he wasn’t thinking about the impact of moving on you or your siblings. Your early life presented many challenges and you learned quickly how to adjust and how to get along. | Despite it all, you made it to adulthood and into a marriage and business at the same time. I’m sure you felt cool driving an “Hourly Messengers Truck.” Who would have believed that someday you’d be “President” of that same company. Bonnie and Michael were the joy of your life. Summers in Atlantic City were lots of fun. Success seemed to come easy to you and clearly it fit you like a kid glove. And although your first marriage didn’t work out, you soon met Joan and began a new life. We had the honor of having three more cousins, Andy, Beth and Susie. You moved to Florida and then back to Philadelphia. But wherever you were, you created an interesting and challenging business life and fulfilling personal life. What I find most outstanding about you, Uncle Harry, is that when external events in your life were good and luck was running high, you loved life. And when external events became more difficult, you always found a way to change the direction of your life so that you found joy and happiness. Of course, your sense of humor has been an essential ingredient in your ability to change the direction of your life. Your ability to see the comedy in the tragedy is admirable. You are my role model. You are truly the power of example. Life is good. Love, Pauline

68: Not sure what this says, but I am sure it is funny.

69: A birthday celebration, a gathering of family and friends; here is wishing you great happiness, a joy that never ends.

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