Happy Birthday Ivan Parker

 

Birth: Feb. 9, 1920
Death: May 18, 1988 (68)
Burial: Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park Bremerton Washington, USA
Social Security Number (SSN):  537-03-8042

Today is my grandfather, Ivan Parker‘s birthday, he would have been 94.  A lot of people live to be 94 now, but he died at a far-too-young 68.  Seems unfair.

I remember that he had this strange way of floating on his back in the lake, his feet sticking out of the water, his hands slowly moving back and forth. It was sort of like treading water, sort of like floating on his back, but very casual. I try to recreate that floating when I am in the lake each summer, but I don’t have it exactly right because his head was sort of sticking up out of the water and he could hold conversations. I remember once, when my sister and I were very young, he was tucking us into our sleeping bags out at the lake house and my sister wanted to sleep in her socks. He told her that if she wore her socks to bed that her toes would rot off, jokingly. We laughed and laughed. I wish I could write down every single thing I remember about him, I probably will over time. I want to write it all down so I remember it all, forever.

ivan graveI will keep looking for more information and adding it when I find it, but he has very little internet presence, no obituary or anything like that.  I guess if I joined that family tree website, I could find things…

Since I am adding things, I will add other things that happened on this day:

On this day in 1964, the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, as teenage girls screamed hysterically in the audience and 73 million people watched from home — a record for American television at the time. Their appearance on the show is considered the beginning of the “British Invasion” of music in the United States. The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show the following two Sundays in a row, as well. On this first time, exactly 49 years ago today, they sang “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and finally “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — which had just hit No. 1 on the charts.

It was on this day in 1870 that the U.S. National Weather Service was established.

At first it was called the Weather Bureau and it was part of the War Department because, it was said, “military discipline would probably secure the greatest promptness, regularity, and accuracy in the required observations.” It became a civilian agency 20 years later, under the Department of Agriculture, and then was switched to the Commerce Department in 1940. These days, the National Weather Service is based out of Silver Spring, Maryland. It plays a very big role in making sure that American air travel is safe, providing up-to-minute weather updates to air traffic controller centers across the nation.

 

3 comments

  1. My name is Nat Emens and I am a genealogist. I recently have found that I am
    related to your grandfather, Ivan Selmer Parker. His parents were Albert A. Parker and Sofie Olsdatter Rogndalsven. Sofie was the sister of my grandfather, Christian Linn. Albert and Sofie immigrated from Norway in 1907 and first settled in Montana.
    I do not know the children of Ivan or Arthur, but I do of Omar S. Parker. I think we
    could both share what we know. Very sincerely, Nathaniel C. Emens

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