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Riverside County, California, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 24 times over and a great-grandmother of 16 with three more due in 2016. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I am a Board Certified genealogist and more information on all this, as well as direct contact info, is on my Circlemending website.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - Ham Radio Equipment

Dad's old ham radio set on his desk in his bedroom in Wilmette, Cook, Illinois (ca. 1928). I still have the headset (on the left) and my granddaughter has the desk. Glad Dad (Lee Roy WILCOX, b: 8 Jun 1912, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; d: 31 Dec 1999, Northbrook, Cook, Illinois) took care of everything for the future generations.

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