Today would have been your 96th birthday, Dad - what an incredible thought. You left us about 2.5 years ago, and are dearly missed every day.
I love how romantic this portrait photo is - it might even be your first professional head shot, taken in the late 1930s or early 1940s, when you began your career singing in the Trenton, New Jersey area.
Here are some pictures of you during your engagement with the Trenton Opera Association:
You as Benoit, the landlord, in LA BOHEME, in 1941. The beard can't hide how young you are for this role!
And here you are, in Cadwalader Park, perhaps, with an unknown lady and Maestro Kuttner.
It was all ahead of you, Dad, and you look as if you can't wait to get on with it...your wonderful achievements and adventures. It was an amazing life, and here's to you, on your day.