Bill was born in 1922. He served in the U.S. Combat Infantry 103rd Division in World War II and was a prisoner of war survivor. He worked as a drafter and a church pastor, which is where he met DonnaJo, the church organist (JoanMarie’s mom). I always loved that the church pastor married the organist!
I will always remember Bill as a great storyteller and, over the past several days, have enjoyed recalling many of my conversations with him.
God bless, Bill.
(For your consideration this holiday season, here’s a link to Bill’s favorite charity: ChildFund International)
Other notable events from 1922:
- The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed, giving women the right to vote.
- King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered.
- Reader’s Digest debuted.
- A man in Minnesota became the first person to ski on water.
- Judy Garland was born.
- Nosferatu the Vampire was released.
- The first Newbery Award was given to The Story of Mankind. Honor books: The Great Quest, Cedric the Forester, The Old Tobacco Shop: A True Account of What Befell a Little Boy in Search of Adventure, The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, The Windy Hill