Monday, April 25, 2005

historic birthday

On April 25, 1912 Edith and Joe Finlinson welcomed the arrival of their third son. They named him Joseph. He grew up in Oak City and Leamington. Enjoyed collecting butterflies, swimming and good horsemanship. He liked sharp cheese, homegrown beef, fresh cream on warm bread and doting on his two little sisters. He served as a Mormon missionary to Germany. Graduated from Utah State University. Worked as an FBI Special Agent. Married a school teacher and musician he met in Detroit. Reared his daughter and son in Bountiful. Nurtured in them in his love of sunsets and soil, peach trees and sage, cameras, construction and conversation. He died at age 51 in Salt Lake City. Happy 93rd birthday, Dad!

Also on this day in history:

1859: Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt; it opens in 1869
1874: birth, Guglielmo Marconi, electrical engineer, radio pioneer
1908: birth, Edward R. Murrow, radio and television executive and commentator
1917: birth, Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singer
1945: Delegates from 50 nations meet in San Francisco to organize the United Nations
1956: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" hits number one on the music charts

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