There’s really no question where I inherited my Do-It-Yourself style. My dad, Allyn Thompson, has always been a jack of all trades and master of many. Mechanic, watch repairman, machinist, gun smith, woodworker, carver, artist, metal worker, cartoonist, (I know I’ve left out a dozen or so other talents,) and a guy who can crank out a little ragtime on the ivories or harmonica at any given moment. Always a maker and fixer- if there is a tool he needs, he rarely buys it, he makes it, or invents it. Serving in both the US Army and Navy, I am forever proud of my ol’ Pop. He is the funniest man I know in the whole world. He turns 80 next week, and has been unable to spend as much time as he would like in his shop garage, but continues to be a great source of inspiration to me. I miss him dearly as he lives in San Antonio, Texas, far, far away.
I know you’ll read this Pop, I wish you a very happy Father’s Day, I love you forever.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, and as well, to all those who miss theirs.