100th Anniversary of Bob Ley’s Birth

Something from the genealogy side — a tribute to my grandpa, Robert Ley Jr., on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Whispering Across the Campfire

Grandpa Ley Colt Foutz 1989 Too cool dudes lounging on a back deck at Sunset Beach, 1989. Robert Earl Ley, Jr., left, and his grandson, Colt Foutz.

Happy 100th Birthday, Robert Earl Ley, Jr.

I’m a bit late to the show with this one.

One of the joys of digging into genealogy is, for me, not just discovering the names and dates and wheres and whens of ancestors back, back, back, back up the family tree, but the stories. Nothing seems to crystallize all of that information in a personal, intimate way than discovering photographs of our relatives from long ago.

I’ve been able to gaze upon great-grandparents, dead long before I was born, and in some cases barely a memory to my parents, and feel that connection.

But there’s a similar tickle in collecting photos of your familiar grandparents and parents from a time before you were even a glimmer in their story…

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