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Perspective - June 19, 2009


Asked at Crow Canyon Country Club.

What do you remember most about your father?

He was a television pioneer from Chicago. He traveled west to California with a TV exhibit in 1936, and I was born in Texas on the way. He spent his life around amateur radio, collecting parts and building ham radios. He had me build my 26-tube radio and get a ham license at age 15. He inspired me to become an engineer/physicist.

Richard Procunier, Ph.D.

retired scientist

He was a great father to me and my four sisters in a small town in Louisiana. He was loving and considerate and raised us to be mature, responsible people. If we had a problem, we could go to him and he would show compassion while giving wonderful advice. He moved us to Southern California to give us better opportunities for success. I adored him.

Anne Wullenwaber


He was the hardest working man I ever knew. As a building contractor in St. Helena, he helped build the Louis M. Martini winery and home. I helped him in the summers and learned a lot for my future vocation. He didn't pamper us. He showed you one time and you better pay attention so you could do it or he'd be angry.

Bill Barrington

retired building contractor

He was a very happy-go-lucky guy who grew up with eight siblings outside Spokane, and he also had nine children. He was proud of the fact his cousin, Mr. John Bruce Dodd, started the first Father's Day in Spokane around 1918. He was a hard-working farmer all his life.

Howard Sumerlin

retired real estate broker

He was a great inspirational guy. He came from Poland at age 13 by himself and put himself through high school, college and law school by working as a pressman for the Chicago Tribune. He practiced law in Evanston until age 90. His attitude was, "If you can't do it in the United States, you can't do it anywhere."

Rita Lucas