Maybe it was the emerging Swing Era music that was creeping into the nation's musical repertoire in 1938, offering new sounds with new beats of the drum and new ideas. Maybe it was her parents who allowed her great freedom to be herself, but one thing is for sure, in 1938 at the age of seven, Jo Ann was already marching to the beat of her own drummer...
From the steps of Saint Therese Little Flower Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo., there must have been a special aura that flowed through the surrounding neighborhoods and favorably influenced the life of Mary Elizabeth. For, it is from this church that Mary Elizabeth's life emerged-her school years, her marriage and her devotion to family and faith. Mary Elizabeth eventually passed this gift of faith and optimism on to her children, their children and probably everyone she has ever known.
While he was walking a mile to his one room schoolhouse in Prairie Center, Kans. he probably wasn't thinking that, some day, he would travel around the world, live in exotic places and be a member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Nor did it probably cross his mind when he was a kid, gathering wood so his mother could heat up the family's wood stove to cook dinner, that he'd be part of inventing a power distribution system for jet aircraft or that he would, one day, attend banquets with Chinese diplomats. Little did he know during those days in Prairie Center that the world would soon open wide to welcome Bernard Lee...
He comes from a long line of people who sought to create a better life for themselves and the world around them. This trait of conducting oneself for the greater good may not be considered part of any recognized genetic code, but when Harold was born in 1926, it was only a matter of time before he, too, would use the cues passed down from his heritage to leave his mark and offer the world better ideas and clearer paths for generations to come.
He was part of a team of men who had each other's backs, both on and off the field of battle. His code name: "Wub." He convoyed all over the United States and to other parts of the world with his squad to meet opponents. With his team, he faced all kinds of weather conditions -- mud, rain, and heat. They fought valiantly but also celebrated with the same fervor. The very existence of this organization helped shape the man he has become.
She has outsmarted villains, braved blizzards and even tornados, championed children, put the needs of others above herself, took many a gamble and won, laughed in the face of darkness and managed to dance through it all. Although the description conjures up the likes of a female super-hero, in reality, it's Mary Ellen who is defined here.
He began life as the first-born son of a soldier of Australia and a woman who insisted that he mind his manners. As a child, he romped in the fields of aristocrats. He, too, became a defender of his country and touched the clouds. He found the love of his life in a rainstorm and soon became a great provider for the family they started together. He employed integrity as a workmate in his career and implemented great ideas. He managed to have fun and make lifelong friends along the way. He also found his own version of paradise.