S: 0 TO 60 WITH RICHARD RIDGDILL
BC: Happy 60th Darlin' The best is yet to come!
FC: 60 Years with Richard Ridgdill: A Birthday Memoir
1: Your 60 years of living have been a great blessing to your family and friends, and our lives are all enriched because of our getting to know you. We're wishing you a great 60th birthday! Have the best birthday you have had in your amazing life. You are an amazing 60-year-old. Happy 60th! I'm wishing you a great 60th full of all the things that you are still wanting to experience. Have fun with the next decade. You have at least 60 things to be grateful for, and I have one at least one... You. With all my love, Vet
3: Rick and his mother outside in the snow in Karlsruhe during the winter of 1953-54.
4: Father and Son
5: Rick and Daddy taken in the summer of 1953 (probably August). We were on vacation. We were stationed at Kaiserlautern, Germany and went from there to Paris. We had one suitcase packed with nothing but baby food. As I recall there were 56 jars of baby food in that suitcase. From Paris we went south to Marseille, France. From there we headed for Rome but before we got to Nice the car broke down. Some Communist in Marseille put salt in the radiator and it ruined the water pump. And as luck would have it everything pertaining to transportation or communication was on strike and there wasn't a water pump for a 1948 Buick to be had short of Paris. Fortunately the wife of the manager of the garage was flying to Paris the next day and she could pick up the water pump and bring it back to Nice. So we had an unexpected four day delay in Nice - without a reservation. So I walked into one of the nicest hotels in Nice and asked if by chance they had any vacancies. To my surprise he said that they always reserved a few rooms for US Military and he gave us the keys to a beautiful suite. (I think we paid about $40 per night for the suite.) Given that we had used up a lot of our vacation time in Nice we decided to skip Rome. We went to Milan instead and spent the night there. The following day we went to Garmisch, Germany where we stayed about a week at the Hotel Chemsee where this picture was taken. We then returned to Kaiserslautern.
6: Karlsruhe, Germany. We had a maid working for us by the name of "Sissy" but Rick called her "Yeeyee". He wouldn't get out of bed until she came to work. I took these pictures as I was going to work. This was probably around Christmas in 1953. | Rick trying to recover his ball from the stove. "The first word that he ever said was "BALL".
12: Graduation present.
13: Hanging out. Lookin' cool.
16: Muscular Dystrophy Fundraisers
17: Hey Cowboy!
18: I now pronounce you man and wife.
20: First Home
21: Ahh.. Hot Tub
30: FROM: John und Petra Vaughan TO: Yvette & Ritch Ridgdill Message starred Friday, November 23, 2012 9:24 AM Dear Yvette & Ritch!! Happy Thanksgiving Greetings from Berlin!! Smiley Emoticon Yer Friend & Fan, Johnnie Mr. Ritch.....Very HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to you my friend, and many, many more in the future! For you 60th ( Welcome to the club! )
31: Happy 60th Birthday Ritch! Happy, Happy Birthday Ritch! I wish you the most awesome year and beyond! It’s difficult to believe and wrap my head around the fact that you/we are approaching our sixtieth year and that you have been my oldest and most dearest friend for forty-five of those years. Who knew! From listening to you in the band and the times and friendship we shared with Bob and Benjie (where is my album?) in Mark Twain Village and PHV and all the memories that the beautiful city of Heidelberg has to offer us, I am truly blessed that I can call you FRIEND. I have included a picture, not of you or me, but of the place we began our friendship that is so dear to us and to so many others and that holds so many beautiful memories both past and present and to the future. You are an awesome and valued friend and I wish you many happy returns and a Corona or two (with lime of course-and from Bob’s tree) Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag! Prosit! Hugs and love always, Lisa (Sung to Happy Birthday): Zum Geburtstag viel glück! Zum Geburtstag viel glück! Zum Geburtstag alles gute! Zum Geburtstag viel glück!
32: Ritch, As the ancient Deutsche used to say in the old country: “HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU”! (That’s Happy Birthday auf Hawaiian). I remember the both of us as 14 yr old Babe Ruth All Stars at the tournament in Bremerhaven, Ritch the criminal mastermind asking me to help him short-sheet the coach’s bunk bed, and while we’re at it, why not short-sheet his physically challenged son, the mildly retarded bat boy Ritch nicknamed THE CLAW due to his deformed hand. Way to go Ritch, the poor kid was probably emotionally scarred for life. 2 SHEEETS AND A PEE-LOW! Senior trip to London, on the night train ride to the coast to catch the ferry to the white cliffs of Dover, I opened the door to your compartment, and there you were passed out, clutching an empty bottle of Southern Comfort, wearing some dude’s wig, while the guy was passed out next to you bald headed. I found out later the guy had some kind of disease or sickness which made him lose all his hair, then you get the poor kid drunk and take his wig and run around the train wearing it. Shameful behavior from a senior!
33: When I visited Heidelberg the Christmas after we graduated, you took me to the airport in your little red sportscar in a driving blizzard. Remember us spinning out on the autobahn, doing a complete 360, coming to a stop, both of us couldn’t believe we were still alive. Anyway, I missed my plane, made my way back to the Deeter’s house in PHV, and stayed another 2 weeks. Well Ritch, 60 years –Gott in Himmel. Here’s wishing you a wunderbar birthday with many more to come. To the very guy who single handedly destroyed my precious Hoheit, by scribbling the lyrics to the rock musical HAIR all over the pages. Over the years I’ve analyzed the handwriting, and I know it was you who wrote “Alles mein Liebe” from the old German lady who served food in the school cafeteria. There were countless other graffiti type offenses throughout my sacred senior yearbook, like someone (I wonder who?) drawing a moustache and goatee on my picture. See you at the next reunion, mein alte freund (maybe we should leave out the “alte”, hits a little too close to home), Warmest Aloha Stone ( Stein auf Deutsch)
34: Ritch's Birthday....Lane Ellis FROM: LWE9384@aol.com TO: firstname.lastname@example.org Message starred Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:14 PM HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU OLD FART....You are only 60?? Really, you seem much older!! Any Way, Have a wonderful 60th Birthday....!! Lane (the real Old Man!!)
35: Ritch's 60th FROM: Bob Flores TO: Yvette Ridgdill Message starred Sunday, November 18, 2012 4:57 PM Ritch, So.... I think we've now know each other for 45 years. Damn, we're getting up there! Do yourself a favor and stay away from people in certain kinds of hats, and avoid train tracks at all cost!! I really wish I could be there. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Don't forget: Tuffer 'n' git! -- Flourescent PS: When you gotta go, you gotta go. 'Cause if you don't go when you gotta go, when you do go you might find out that you've already been!