“Lee’s Big Birthday Party is Celebrated Today”

“August 1st, this Sunday is Lee Aldrich Birthday”

“Get Ready to Celebrate with Lee Aldrich”


Some times in LIFE, we know not what we are doing, when we are doing,  and WHY we are doing something, because  there will be a TIME in the future, when something so unforeseen will happen,  it will break our heart,  and we would not be able to live any longer, if we had that fore knowledge.

On this particular evening,  Lee was sitting in my favorite “Boston Rocker” and while we were talking, I just had the urge to  get my camera and snap this  PHOTO of Lee,  just something about how he looked,  right there,  in his suit ready for work.

  A Detective on the St. Louis Police Force,  had to take  just this one picture and no others,  and years later always ask myself  “WHY”  as there was really nothing extra special, going on at that time?

In 1967,  when Lee had left this EARTH to be in HEAVEN,  I just felt that I had to go through all  of the old PHOTOS to have just  one enlarged,  and hung in a prominent spot,  so that the children and all those that visited  our home would remember Lee,  as he looked  and would never ever forget him.

So,  after a couple of months of searching, finally  found several  old pictures and took them to the “Famous Barr Store” downtown. 

  I knew,  that they could do the best work on restoration and enlarging,  just  the one store,  that I trusted to do what I wanted done.


This is that  very same PHOTO,  but after Lee passed on to HEAVEN, I  wanted a PHOTO  that could be restored,  so that our children would never ever forget what their “DADDY” looked like. 

I felt that  they would always have a memory of him as he was  and remembered him, as he was here on Earth with us.

So, this is what the results  were, the above was enlarged to maybe 16 x 24 inches and in a beautiful frame,  just looks like a master piece of art,  done so well,  the coloring and all of the old back ground,  in the old picture removed,  just can not think of  all of the wonders that were performed, and everyone has said, “It looks as if  Lee’s  eyes follow you, when you move around in  the room!”

When I hung this PHOTO on the wall,  that one spot at the top of the entrance foyer  stairs of our home on “Cherbourg” and I had brought Lee’s  MOTHER out to stay, for a few days, never gave a thought about  “Lee’s”  picture hanging where you will see it, just  as you ascend the stairs.

I almost thought that  “Louise”  was having a “heart attack,   she was crying” she thought, she was seeing him alive!

That was another strong memory, never to be forgotten!

Just amazing how some small things  that we  will do, and without any real thought,  at the time,  find much  later on, that  for the rest of our lives, those  very same small incidents,   were to become  a special memory,  that will be ever-lasting memories,   in fact, the very best of  memories, that will last  with us  forever!

Today is that  big day for a “BIRTHDAY PARTY”  for the best person, that  I know and LOVE  forever! 

 May our “Almighty Yahweh”  continue to Bless  “LEE”  forever and ever!    D.V.


“Lee” was in  St. Joseph Hospital just before CHRISTMAS 1966 and,  since it was so close to Christmas, they left him come HOME,  which really was a bad idea,  as he was so weak,  but, to be “HOME for CHRISTMAS” with the children,  was great!

One of the last things that  I bought for Lee, was the “record” which  had just come out, and was such a great “HIT”  being played all the time – something I really liked. 

I still have this “record” as well as so many others, that we would listen too! 

Let me know,  if you heard this before,  and if you still  like  “Winchester Cathedral”   … just  sit back and…Enjoy!

Posted in Family, Grand-Children, Grandma, Today and tagged with 2 comments.


  • Chris says:

    Hi, Mary Ellen. Still here, still enjoy reading your posts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Yes, I know the tune, and I like hearing it even though I’ve heard it Lord knows how many times over the years. It’s unique, has creative orchestration (is that a bassoon or oboe I hear?), and has a catchy hook. Haven’t seen you write about listening to the radio much. Remember any radio personalities from St. Louis back in the day?

    • Mary Ellen says:

      “Love getting your comments”
      The FIRST is Lee’s birthday and the love of my LIFE… so I do have to write about him the mostest…. I do not listen to the radio much today… but back when I was, I have a good story to tell and will write about it… as it is a story like non other… that I can think of!

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