Andy and Mike--Your dad was a very special cousin to me and my sisters and brother. When he worked at WKZO in the 1950s, he would sometimes drop by for an evening. It was about the only time Mom and Dad would let us stay up past our bedtimes. Jim's infectious enthusiasm for both sports and Broadway musicals kept us in stitches. I remember particularly his telling of having just seen "West Side Story" in its inaugural run in New York, and that we'd hear more of Leonard Bernstein. And we sure did. I think he lit the spark for my enthusiasm for New York and the theater.
During the last 15 months, I visited him every month to bask in the warmth of his still-enthusiastic personality as we would watch some of his favorite films from the 1930s to the 1960s.
His good cheer and sense of humor never left him, and made him good company to the last.
Thanks, Andy, for letting me know I could come over to visit a week ago Sunday. We shared a mostly serious conversation, but a couple of times I got him to laugh like he used to (soundlessly, of course, but his mouth opened in a wide, wide smile and his whole face lit up).
May you and Kailey and Kyle cherish
your memories of him.
Love from David