My Dad Was An International Traveler

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He Wandered Around the World Without a Web

"This is your captain speaking." My dad heard this a thousand times during his career as a traveling aircraft mechanic. Come take a peek at one year in the life of this globe-trotting working man. The year is 1969. While the world watched astronauts splash down in the ocean, my family watched dad lift off into the friendly blue skies.
By: Coletta Teske

This is my dad and he's buried neck deep in sand on a beach somewhere along the east coast of Australia. Now, looking at this picture, you might think my dad was a jester with wanderlust. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Dad didn't travel for fun. His job required that he spend weeks or months in some foreign land. When he was away, he and his co-workers worked 7 days a week, 14 hours a day. Sometimes for three weeks straight, without a rest. It was back-breaking work, but he had a purpose.

I'm not sure how dad ended up buried in the sand, but I have a feeling he fell asleep on the beach and his co-workers had some fun at his expense. Not only did dad work hard, he slept hard. And, he played hard.

Dad's travels around the world are a bit of a mystery. Back then, there was no Internet. No Facebook. No Skype. No easy way to stay connected. It was a long distance world and long distance calls cost a lot of money.

Our only glimpse into dad's travels is in a collection of color slides. For one year, 1969, my dad carried a camera on his travels. Between trips, he stashed his disorganized and unlabeled collection of photographs in a drawer, where they stayed for over 40 years. I spent some time during the holidays, reminiscing about my dad and going through his collection of slides. I found some pretty cool stuff.

I hope you enjoy this Around the Globe tour. We've got an Australian beach, a Swiss mountain cable car, the sands of Kuwait, the castles of Frankfurt and a few other places that I haven't yet identified.

Fasten your seatbelts. We are about to land.

These photographs were the property of my father's estate and have been willed to me. I am sharing these photos here for your enjoyment only. Please respect my father's memory and do not download, reproduce or alter these images. These photographs must be distributed with this article in its entirety. Copyright 2014 Coletta Teske.

It Started With a Trip to the Airport

Our home away from home

Watching dad board the airplane Way back in the 1960s, it was a big deal to take dad to the airport. We didn’t do the Airport Drop and Dash. We parked the car in the airport parking garage, dragged dad’s suitcases over the sky bridge to the airport terminal, stood in line while dad picked up his tickets and escorted him to the gate.

There were no security checkpoints. No x-ray scanners. No one rifling through carry-on bags. It was a family adventure and my brother and I explored every inch of that airport while we waited.

When it was time for dad to board the plane, it was tearful good-byes as we watched him pass through the darkness of the boarding gate.

We went through the same routine when we picked dad up after one of his trips. Only in reverse.

Dad Liked to Fly the Friendly Skies

He looked so handsome in his suit and tie

The view from the airplane window Dad and his co-workers got a fresh haircut, polished their shoes to a blinding shine, dressed in their best suits and put on their most colorful ties before every trip. When they traveled, they were not only representing their employer, they were representing the company’s customers.

Best-dressed or not, dad didn’t like being on the plane and would find any way to stay amused and entertained. His camera provided a few clicks of enjoyment.

I’m almost sure this picture was taken during a landing into the Frankfurt Airport. Dad took a lot of these bird’s eye view pictures during the descent. His favorite place to sit on an airplane was just behind the wings. He said it was the most stable part of the plane. Or, maybe, the crew secretary assigned seats in alphabetical order and dad was at the end of the alphabet.

Dad must have seen a million miles of countryside from his window seat. He boarded airplanes that took him to every corner of the globe. He saw six of the seven continents: Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, South America and North America. How many countries did he visit? I can’t really tell you, but at least 70 different countries. That’s the number I came up with last time I counted my doll collection.

Guess where I sit when I travel. Just behind the wing, next to the window. There’s some cool countryside to be seen from that view.

Dad Didn't Like the Ever-Changing Landscape

To him, it was just another city in another place

Dad worked in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Sidney, Johannesburg, Anchorage, Kuwait City and Tokyo. And, there were a lot of smaller cities in between. But, he would never admit that he liked traveling to all those exotic places. To him, it was just another day at work and another lonely hotel room.

Whether he was stuck in a crowded city or shipped to a remote location in the desert, it was all the same. He didn’t care if he was close to beautiful beaches or majestic mountains. It was another city and he didn’t care to see it. He just wanted to get in, get to work and get home.

Crowded in the City

Frankfurt, Germany. Do you see the VW Micro Bus?

Deserted in the Desert

A street in Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait. Dad was fascinated with the Americana icons he found during his travels.

Blinded by the Beach

Sydney, Australia. Who said the bluest skies you’ll ever see are in Seattle?

Frostbit by the Mountains

The Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps The French Alps. From one extreme to another.

Dad Was Dedicated to His Job

Providing for his family was his priority

Dad retired from The Boeing Company after a career that spanned three decades. Dad was an aircraft mechanic and a member of the Boeing AOG team. AOG stands for Airplane on the Ground.

Here’s how the AOG team works.

Whenever a Boeing-made airplane crashes or needs major repairs, the AOG crew rushes to wherever the plane is stranded and works feverishly to get the plane back in the air. After these planes are repaired, they are just as good as new. The guys on the AOG crew are the best that Boeing has to offer.

Dad had some wild adventures working in this Factory in the Field. He was caught in the crossfire when the Yom Kippur War was declared. He sat next to Colonel Sanders on a trip from Honolulu to Sydney. He had dinner with the Shah of Iran.

He may have been just a blue collar worker, but he was a damn fine airplane repairman with a secret stash of M&Ms in his toolbox.

New Day, New Assignment, New Country

Frankfurt, Germany. Stepping out on the tarmac, ready to get another airplane off the ground.

Making a Few Major Repairs

On this trip, a Pan Am airliner gets a serious overhaul.

Tight Schedules and Tighter Working Conditions

Gut it, glue it, get it back in the air. But seriously folks, the AOG crew doesn’t cut corners. Never. They eat, sleep and breathe the Boeing way. They take Pride in Excellence.

Dad Never Forgot About Us

He always found time to buy cool little gifts

Every time dad came home from a trip, it was like Christmas. There were presents everywhere. Opal earrings. A doll in the country’s native dress. Hand-carved elephants, giraffes and zebras. Strands of beads, seeds, shells and ivory.

My first bottle of Chanel No. 5. A bottle of Joy for mom. A cool Aussie hat for my brother. Monkeypod bowls. Alabaster candle sticks. Malachite eggs.

Japanese kimonos. Indian saris. South American ponchos. German lederhosen. A Kuwaiti gutra, ogal and gahfiah.

And the list goes on…

Finding the Unique and the Beautiful

Dad always bought something nice for mom.

Dad Always Found Time to Play

He was not a dull boy

A favorite pastime for dad and his co-workers was to rent a car and tour the local area. Four or five of them would pile in a car and get away from the job for a day. While I sorted through dad’s collection of slides, I found many pictures taken from a car, train or gondola window. I think they just liked to drive those German Autobahnen.

Visiting Old Castles

Somewhere around Frankfurt. There’s something significant about this castle, but I’ve not yet found it during my searches.

Driving Past Old Churches

Yes, Toto, we’re still in Frankfurt.

Climbing a Mountain

The Aiguille du Midi cable car. In 1969, this was highest cable car in the world.

Relaxing on the Beach

We’ve come full circle. A busy day for a busy man. Time to relax.

And When the Job Was Done

All he wanted to do was go home

After dad retired, all he wanted to do was enjoy the home he had built with his family. He didn’t want to ride on any more airplanes. Although, I did manage to talk him into taking two trips to Hawaii.

He worked hard and long to provide us with a home, stability and security. He had a purpose. To provide for his family for the rest of their days.

He was tough. He was frugal. He was proud.

He was a faithful husband for over 50 years. And, even though we never had the best or the most of everything, we never worried if we would be eating regularly during those summer long Boeing strikes.

He was a good man.

Miss you, dad.

Show Dad Some Love

We hope you enjoyed your flight

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My Digital Darkroom

For scanning and enhancing slides, negatives and prints

I had my work cut out for me when I decided to organize and digitize dad's collection of slides. Forty years can be rough on those flimsy strips of film. Dust, moisture and crystallized glue make it hard to get a clean and clear digital image.

To accomplish this memorial task, I purchased a new scanner to go along with the graphics tablet I bought last year and the slide viewer that I've had since the beginning of time. I used the scanner for the first time when I digitized the photos in this article. For just out of the box and for spending a minimal amount of time learning about the scanner, I'm really happy with the results.

Where In the World Have You Traveled?

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  • Ruthi Feb 14, 2014 @ 2:10 pm
    My travels brought me back here today to wish you a Happy Love Day, Coletta.
  • LynnKK Jan 31, 2014 @ 5:06 am
    Mainly stayed here in the US but took a trip to Europe right after high school with my high school choir. Enjoyed this lens. Glad you shared!
  • IanTease Jan 28, 2014 @ 2:35 pm
    Have so far only travelled in Europe and to South and North America but can't wait to visit more. Love your dad's photos, there's a certain allure to old photos that modern high tech ones somehow miss out on.
  • ismeedee Jan 26, 2014 @ 6:56 am
    I used to travel a lot, but since landing in England I've mostly kept put where I am! Exception: Spent loads of time to-ing and fro-ing to Tunisia! And I try to get back home to USA to visit family when possible. This was a very enjoyable lens!
  • MarathonRunning Jan 26, 2014 @ 5:33 am
    Thank you for this nice story Coletta! My father was a sails-man and I understand almost everything you told us here, but I must admit that I did`t yet travel as much as he did. It`s nice to visit new countries and get know the uses of other nations. Wish I have the fortune to voyage more :)
  • BearTale Jan 26, 2014 @ 10:09 am
    Hi MarathonRunning! Thank you for stopping by. I'm sure you'll be traveling more in the future. Sometimes the best travels are those that we do close to home.
  • JessicaLVine Jan 25, 2014 @ 6:29 pm
    That's really great! I've just been to various places in the US and then to Mexico. Looks like your Dad had quite the time! Nice work.
  • rauspitz Jan 25, 2014 @ 6:18 pm
    Terrific lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!
  • serendipity831 Jan 25, 2014 @ 2:05 pm
    Wanted to stop back and say Congrats on LOTD! I actually tried to yesterday, but my computer wouldn't let me make comments for some reason. Darn computer! Have a great weekend.
  • BearTale Jan 26, 2014 @ 10:04 am
    Thank you, Serendipity! I know dad's still smiling.
  • jsr54 Jan 25, 2014 @ 10:29 am
    You have been blessed with a wonderful father and upbringing. This way of life is so hard to convey to the younger generation these days, for me anyway.
    I have only been to Europe once and in route, flew over the Alps. It was so beautiful I started crying on the plane. I love a birds eye view of our world.
  • BearTale Jan 26, 2014 @ 10:12 am
    Thank you, jsr54! My dad was very forward thinking and very family oriented. I'm glad you enjoyed dad's journey!
  • the_lensmaster Jan 25, 2014 @ 8:23 am
    Thank you share with us. Very interesting!
  • Steve_Kaye Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:29 pm
    What a wonderful, heart touching story. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. You're fortunate to have had a father as wonderful this man.
  • BearTale Jan 26, 2014 @ 10:13 am
    Thank you, Steve! I miss him very much.
  • d-artist Jan 24, 2014 @ 9:52 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! What a nice story about your dad..nice tribute to your dad....I've traveled Germany, Austria, the Czech republic, France, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and a few other places.
  • KandH Jan 24, 2014 @ 9:41 pm
    Not as many as your Dad :) Great lens, I really enjoyed this!
  • RubyHRose Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:51 pm
    I haven' traveled hardly anywhere I want to yet. Congratulations on LotD. Yes, what wonderful memories you have to hold on to. Quite an interesting story and I too have family that has and does work for Boeing. Quite an opportunity to be a part of that. Great read.
  • BearTale Jan 26, 2014 @ 10:08 am
    Hi RubyHRose! Thank you. Yes, Boeing created a lot of opportunities and took care of their employees. I miss those Boeing Christmas parties at the Arena and the King Dome.
  • mbgphoto Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:35 pm
    I really enjoyed this lens about your father. Congratulations on the LOTD. I love to travel and have visited all but 4 of the US states and 28 foreign countries. I'm always up for a new adventure.
  • leahjsongs Jan 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
    It's so great that in all that traveling and exploration, at the end of the work day, he preferred his family. An excellent quality. Outstanding lens!
  • Palmerl Jan 24, 2014 @ 3:08 pm
    It was very interesting seeing all of your pictures and explanations. I have traveled to Europe, The Holy Land, South America, etc, etc, and I love traveling and experiencing other cultures, AND foods. You did a great job.
  • DebMartin Jan 24, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
    A thoughtful lens. Thanks for sharing.
  • Susan52 Jan 24, 2014 @ 1:36 pm
    What a wonderful tribute and a pleasure to read. My dad didn't travel, though he would have loved to have a job like this. I've been to a few countries and to Hawaii, but I'm a homebody at heart. Congratulations on a very well-deserved Lens of the Day!
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 2:48 pm
    Thank you, Susan! It is a glamorous life. But not an easy one. Dad was offered an opportunity and he grabbed it! He had some incredible foresight.
  • DecoratingforEvents Jan 24, 2014 @ 11:19 am
    What a wonderful story about a wonderful man. Congratulations!
  • snazzyunicorn Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:53 am
    What a beautiful lens! Wonderful photographs! Have a lovely day and congrats :)
  • eilval Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:34 am
    Beautiful pictures and an amazing Dad - Congrats on LOTD !
  • Ruthi Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:01 am
    Coletta, I just had to fly back in to congratulate you and your Dad being honored with Squidoo Lens Of The Day. How proud of you I am!
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
    Hi Ruthi! I'm so glad you dropped by for another visit. I'm proud of me, too! This makes my heart feel good.
  • Wednesday_Elf Jan 24, 2014 @ 9:48 am
    BearTale - stopping back by to congratulate you on a well-deserved LotD. Your dad would be SO Proud. :)
  • Merrci Jan 24, 2014 @ 9:44 am
    Wonderful lens--congrats on LotD! Sweet to read about your beloved dad!
  • adventuretravelshop Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:55 am
    Congratulations for your LoTD -well deserved. I feel as though I know your dad - what a great guy! My dad was a faithful husband for 50 years too. Aren't they amazing role models. Love, love, love.
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 9:04 am
    Hi AdventureTravelShop! Thank you very much. I feel so blessed because my parents kept their marriage together through all those years of traveling. You're right, the best kind of role models! I'm glad you enjoyed dad's travels!
  • Titia Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:47 am
    I thought I had already commented on this lens, but aparently not, how stupid of me. First: congrats on your LOTD, well deserved and I really enjoyed this tribute to your father. I'm sure it wasn't always easy for your mom with your dad being away so often. Thanks for sharing his story.
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:48 am
    Hi Titia! You're right, it wasn't always easy but mom always managed. She's just as tough as dad. I'm glad you enjoyed Dad's story and thank you for stopping by!
  • eva_writes Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:37 am
    I loved seeing all those old pictures and reading about your father's travels. He must have been a very interesting man.
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:39 am
    Hi Eva_Writes! Thank you for joining Dad's travels. I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. Yes, Dad was very interesting! A real character!
  • susan-zutautas Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:25 am
    Just came back to say CONGRATS and WTG!!!
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:36 am
    Thank you, Susan! I know dad is thrilled today and showing off his LoTD all over heaven.
  • PaigSr Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:14 am
    Thanks for taking some time to share you dad with us. Nicely done as LotD.
  • StephenJParkin Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:03 am
    I was born in England and have visited Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Luxembourg, (Bosnia and Croatia) Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Bali, Jersey, Ibiza, Lanzerote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Crete, Monte Carlo, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and lived in Saudi Arabia and Canada
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:38 am
    Hi StephenJParkin! Thank you for stopping by. You sound almost as well-traveled as dad! What an incredible experience for you!
  • pawpaw911 Jan 24, 2014 @ 7:16 am
    I enjoyed reading about your father and his work. My father also worked for Boeing. Once in the late 60s, he was away for about 6 months. It seemed like and eternity for us. Like your father, he did what he had to do to provide for his family.
    I followed in my father's footsteps, and worked for a different aircraft company for several decades. Glad my children chose a different way to make a living.
    The term AOG, is one I hadn't even thought of for the last several years.

    Nicely done.
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:41 am
    Hi PawPaw911! I'm glad you enjoyed Dad's Story. I never expected to run into someone that new the term AOG. Not many people know about this area at Boeing. Thank you for coming along on Dad's trip!
  • esmonaco Jan 24, 2014 @ 5:14 am
    I used to travel to Germany and Mexico a lot but that was the extent of around the world for me. I enjoyed this wonderful story, and your dad's travels, what an interesting job he had, and what knowledge he had to have to be able to do his job. Amazing pictures!! and Congrats. On LOTD.
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:43 am
    Hi Esmonaco! I'm glad you enjoyed Dad's Story. Boeing only chooses their top-of-the-line mechanics for the AOG crew. He was a hard worker and believed in doing his job right and doing it well. Thank you for visiting!
  • ringing0101 Jan 24, 2014 @ 1:12 am
    so wonderful story, i was touched
  • Titia Jan 22, 2014 @ 9:18 pm
    I've travelled a bit in Europe, mostly aroung France, few times Germany, I don't count Belgium, because I live right on the border and step over it on an almost daily base. I lived for a short time in the USA (got married there to my Dutch boyfriend), then we moved to Canada and then back home again. Loved your father's story.
  • BearTale Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:47 am
    Hi Titia! Your travels sound so much fun. Thank you for coming along on Dad's trip!
  • tonyleather Jan 22, 2014 @ 3:51 pm
    I have been around Europe, visiting Vienna, Munich, Sicily, France, Holland and other Europe destinations. I have also been to Oman, Muscat, Dubai, Cyprus and even lived and worked for several years in Germany - All in the days before there was any internet. It was BRILLIANT!
  • BearTale Jan 22, 2014 @ 4:33 pm
    Hi TonyLeather! How wonderful for you. Life sure was different back then. Thank you for following along on Dad's journey!
  • serendipity831 Jan 21, 2014 @ 6:48 pm
    That's a brilliant story about your Dad. It was great you had all those amazing pictures. Your Dad sounded like an awesome guy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his adventures.
  • nightbear Jan 20, 2014 @ 7:16 pm
    Your dad sounds wonderful and obviously you are daddy's little girl. I loved looking at all the pictures from foreign lands I have never been able to travel and so I got to see some of the world through these pictures thank you.
  • BearTale Jan 22, 2014 @ 4:48 pm
    Hi NightBear! I have a lot more pictures. I may just do another travel lens for Dad. I'm glad you enjoyed Travels With My Dad!
  • sybil-watson Jan 20, 2014 @ 5:47 pm
    What a fabulous tribute to your dad. My dad used to travel a lot on business too, and I remember being so excited when we'd meet him at the airport. My mom would always say "look for the tallest, most handsome man who comes off the plane and that will be your father". Thank you for sharing your memories.
  • BearTale Jan 20, 2014 @ 5:53 pm
    I love your story, Sybil! You and I share a similar memory. We'd get excited, too, when we went to the airport to pick up dad. Except my dad was the shortest, most handsome man. I'm glad you enjoyed dad's travels! Thank you!
  • favored1 Jan 20, 2014 @ 2:30 pm
    The stories he shared about his trips must have been special. It sounds like a really exciting job.
  • BearTale Jan 20, 2014 @ 5:56 pm
    Hi Favored1! Yes, it was too exciting at times. A few of his trips were pretty scary and we did a lot of praying for his safety. He always came home. Thank you for visiting!
  • happynutritionist Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:06 pm
    This is such a wonderful page. It's interesting how, when you have to travel as part of work, it just isn't the same as traveling for vacation....home becomes the best vacation. This is was true of my husband when he used to go on extended trips and having children kept me from traveling with him.
  • BearTale Jan 20, 2014 @ 5:59 pm
    Hi HappyNutritionist! So true. When dad retired, he wanted to spend most of his time at home. Although, he did enjoy getting out and taking a road trip in the car. Thank you for visiting!
  • Pukeko Jan 20, 2014 @ 1:42 am
    Wow, thanks for sharing your dad's story and these amazing photos. I actually love to travel both the journey and the destination can be fun (although flights over about 15 hours start to get to me a bit).
  • BearTale Jan 20, 2014 @ 5:58 pm
    Hi Pukeko! I agree with you about the long flights. It gets too cramped for me. Thank you for coming along on dad's travels!
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Jan 19, 2014 @ 2:21 pm
    Those slides of your father's are a wonderful legacy (one of many he left you). Because my dad had to travel a lot for work, he just wanted to be at home whenever possible. We only took one family vacation together, so this was like a virtual trip for me. Lovely tribute.
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 3:50 pm
    Hi RenaissanceWoman! Dad liked to travel when he was home, he just didn't want to travel by plane. He wanted to do the driving! I'm glad you enjoyed the virtual trip. Thanks for coming along!
  • sierradawn Jan 19, 2014 @ 2:20 pm
    I have really enjoyed reading this beautiful tribute to your amazing father! Such a beautiful legacy he created for you, in his beautiful photographs and slides! Thank you for sharing these treasures!
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 3:52 pm
    Hi SierraDawn! Thank you. It has been so cool seeing what life what like around the world in 1969. Some places have changed enormously and others have changed very little. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour!
  • susan-zutautas Jan 19, 2014 @ 12:08 pm
    Enjoyed reading all about your Dad and his travels. Who knows maybe your Dad and mine are up there sitting enjoying each others company, talking about Boeing together.
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
    Hi Susan! I'm sure they are taking about their days at the Kite Factory. It's what Boeing retirees do best! Boeing employees love their Company. Thanks for visiting!
  • MohanBabuOhMan Jan 19, 2014 @ 12:08 pm
    What a nice way to show respect, admiration and love for your dad!
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 12:31 pm
    Thank you oh-man! I'm proud of what my dad accomplished. Thank you for coming along on his travels!
  • Sylvestermouse Jan 19, 2014 @ 10:22 am
    This is a beautiful tribute to your father BearTale! Your virtual scrapbook has truly touched my heart. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 10:35 am
    Thank you, Sylvestermouse! Dad is missed but we have a wonderful way to relive his life through those boxes of slides. Thank you for coming along on his journey.
  • Ruthi Jan 19, 2014 @ 10:04 am
    What a fabulous trip you have taken us on through your Dad's slides. A daughter's love and pride shows in your storytelling along with each image of his travels. Your Dad is sure to be beaming with pride at this wonderful trbute you have created in his honor.
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 10:20 am
    Thank you, Ruthi! You made my day. I wish he had continued with his photography. He took some incredible pictures. Some of the best aren't published here. I want to save those so that mom can enjoy them by herself for a while. Thank you for coming along on dad's travels!
  • Ruthi Jan 21, 2014 @ 9:41 pm
    I can see you have a lot of respect for your parents - as it should be.
  • BearTale Jan 22, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
    Thank you, Ruthi! I so appreciate your comment. I do respect my parents. They worked hard to raise a family and take care of our needs. Thank you for coming along on Dad's trip.
  • Wednesday_Elf Jan 19, 2014 @ 9:06 am
    Such a terrific tribute to your dad. I bet he had some dandy stories to tell. Lovely you have these photo memories.
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 9:17 am
    Hi Wednesday_Elf! Thank you. Yes, he had some good stories. There's a link in the article (Factory in the Field) that directs you to the Boeing website and an article that talks about some of their adventures in more detail. He had some really scary trips traveling through the Middle East.
  • Jan 18, 2014 @ 10:44 pm
    What an awesome lens into the life of your Dad! I can relate in some ways as my husband is an airplane mechanic. Glimpsing at his travels through old photos is great fun! Great story!
  • BearTale Jan 19, 2014 @ 8:35 am
    Thank you Charli! I'm glad you enjoyed Dad's story. I still have a ton of photos to go through.