I was born and raised on the northeast side of Detroit. Went to Detroit public schools – graduated from Osborn High School in January 1971. Camping & the beach…I don’t know which came first but I love them both. We camped all over Michigan. I joined the scouts, especially for the campouts. I was part of the high school concert / marching band, tennis and swim teams, Ski Club, Varsity Club and National Honors Society. Took college prep clases and was pretty good at math. My swimming experience landed me lifeguarding jobs with the City of Detroit, The Detroit Athletic Club and the State of Michigan.

Mom & dad – Early 50s

Lin & Don - Our backyard pool

With my big sister

Before camping
Our new Easter outfits
Keeping cool
Kindergarten Picture

Kindergarten – Von Steuben School 1958.  Getting ready for Easter

Cruisin' Detroit

And in the beginning there was the BEACH!

The Big Snow

And then there was camping. Our 1957 pop up trailer. 

Got a new set of Easter duds every year.

Scouting – Made it to Eagle Scout before getting interested in sports.

Junior High Graduation Picture

January 1971 Senior Class Officers.  I was Treasurer.

High School Graduation Picture

High school swimming & tennis teams  – both “East Side Detroit” champions.

Lipke Pool – 1972

Portage Lake State Beach – 1973. A very good summer – nobody drowned.

Camping at “The Oaks” with the family trailer while working at Portage Lake 

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