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That 70's Gallery

As the 1970's decade emerged, the country was still embroiled in the Vietnam conflict, civil rights was a hot button issue, Nixon was in the White House and I was graduating from high school. My birthday (November 3rd) was the 300th ping-pong ball selected in the military draft lottery for my birth year. If your birthday was among the first 125 birthdays picked, you were going to be drafted unless you had a deferrment. Really, that's how they did it then.

At my freshman orientation at Temple University in July of 1970, our orientation group consisting of 20 teenagers had to take turns introducing themselves, stating their high school, home town and declared major. I noticed the stunning blonde in our group immediately and didn't listen to a word spoken by anyone else that session. As we left the room and headed to the next session on the orientation agenda, I told myself that she was way out of my league and concentrated on the program notes we were given. I was shocked when she tapped me on the shoulder and started a conversation with me as we walked. We began a friendship that day and had several classes together over the next couple of semesters. Dating began the following year and the rest is history....our history anyway.

By the time the ball dropped on New Years 1980, we were married for over six years, were thrilled at the birth of daughter Erica (1974) & son Wayne (1976) and were out of Philly and into the Bucks County suburbs. We had great times with our longtime friends and also made new friends in Bucks County. My memories from the 1950's and 60's seem somewhat blurred now but my world has been sharply focused since I first noticed that blonde in July of 1970. Sharon and I celebrated our 39th anniversay this year (2012) and we feel blessed to have two great children (both happily married to great spouses, Stephen & Katherine), a granddaughter (Amelia) and two twin grandsons (Gus & Leo) who mean the world to us and great friends to share our experiences with. And it all really started in the 70's.

Photography was certainly not my strong suit back then (some may say it's not my strong suit now either) but I just love the snapshots, no matter how technically awful they appear. All of the images were scanned on a low tech scanner and I hope to replace them with better images eventually. Fine art photography, it's not. But I'll take these images over fine art photography every time.

This gallery is still under construction as I am scanning more images and uploading them as I have time.

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Our wedding day, November 10, 1973
Our wedding day, November 10, 1973
Formal portrait
Formal portrait
Maid of Honor, Dot & Best Man, Paul
Maid of Honor, Dot & Best Man, Paul
Ron puts the garter on my sister, Jeanette
Ron puts the garter on my sister, Jeanette
Friends table
Friends table
Sharon lands a right cross full of cake
Sharon lands a right cross full of cake
Honeymoon flight to Aruba
Honeymoon flight to Aruba
Divi Divi Beach Hotel in Aruba
Divi Divi Beach Hotel in Aruba
No crowds
No crowds
Sharon heading to the beachfront restaurant
Sharon heading to the beachfront restaurant
Watch where you walk
Watch where you walk
Running off breakfast
Running off breakfast
Those damn paparazzi !!!
Those damn paparazzi !!!
Pelican takes off from the old pier
Pelican takes off from the old pier
Aruba cemetery
Aruba cemetery
Busines district in Oranjestad
Busines district in Oranjestad
Aruba sunset
Aruba sunset
Waiter! Another tray of Pina Coladas please!
"Waiter! Another tray of Pina Coladas please!
Departing Aruba
Departing Aruba
Sharon in the kitchen of our old house.
Sharon in the kitchen of our old house.
A stupid pose by yours truly.
A stupid pose by yours truly.
Halloween party at the Czop's.
Halloween party at the Czop's.
Jim with his X Rated costume and mask.
Jim with his X Rated costume and mask.
Jim wins at apple bobbing.
Jim wins at apple bobbing.
Erica arrives September 17, 1974
Erica arrives September 17, 1974
Baby Erica arrives.
Baby Erica arrives.
Erica with her Galeone grandparents.
Erica with her Galeone grandparents.
Erica in the summer of 1975.
Erica in the summer of 1975.
Holiday get together with the Czops, Cutters & Sharon.
Holiday get together with the Czops, Cutters & Sharon.
We hosted a Luau in 1975. Jack & Paul participate in the silly games.
We hosted a Luau in 1975. Jack & Paul participate in the silly games.
B-I-L Joe enjoys one of the silly Luau games.
B-I-L Joe enjoys one of the silly Luau games.
At Patty's wedding in 1979.
At Patty's wedding in 1979.
Sharon with Erica
Sharon with Erica
Wayne with Sharon
Wayne with Sharon