Jackson Heights, New York
16 February 1969
Welcome to a world which I hope will be a better one by the time you grow up and can live life to its fullest. You can help make that better world. Man is only 400 generations from the cave days and has yet far to go. To make a better world to live in is the primary mission of all of us. Some succeed in making such a contribution. Others fail. It all depends upon our individual sense of values. Continue reading
My niece Patricia asked me if I would publish on this blog the letters of condolences written by a good friend, Bob Ervin, about her mother, Kallie Foutz Parker (my sister), and about her father, Norton S. Parker (my brother-in-law).
I am happy to do so.
Kallie Foutz, The Ugly Duckling, My Sister
My older brothers told me my sister was the ugliest girl in America—which was not quite true, although she did win the contest that labeled her an ugly duckling over several thousand others. This is the story of her transformation from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan as told through my young eyes and documented in Mademoiselle magazine.
I was six years old and my sister, dressed only in a slip, had invaded my territory — the kitchen. She needed the kitchen mirror to complete her transformation into an ugly duckling.