My mom has been really sick and hasn’t seen her grandchildren in over a year. On Wednesday my daughter and I flew to surprise her for her 75th birthday . . . sound on. pic.twitter.com/jfL1GqiIHT— David Gelles (@dgelles) April 23, 2021 Franny and my Mom got to talk with @chriscuomo about the big surprise. Thanks for having us on to share the love. #VaccinesWork https://t.co/m96SvJU0Kk— David Gelles (@dgelles) April 24, 2021
The Courier Journal ran an extensive profile of me on January 4, 1992. The excellent writer C. Ray Hall followed me for three days. I was worried that I was about to be indicted. What in the world would be that interesting that required three days of observation? The piece turned out to be the most thorough, thoughtful, and accurate piece ever written about me. Mr. Hall told me that it was the longest profile the newspaper had ever done on a media person. These photos were never published but were given to me after the publication was released. Staff photographer Pam Spalding was terrific. She snapped a zillion pictures of my family and me and they were incredibly respectful and touching.
The story of my "rather homely, undeveloped, and uneducated great great grandmother Minnie Katzenberger is posted below. Born in Bavaria in 1867, Minnie went on to marry a Voll, my dad's mother's name. Christina Voll married George Meiners in 1912 and they had 10 children, one of whom was my dad Mel Meiners. So how did the Meiners family name launch in America? My son Simon turned up this research: "The oldest ancestor I can find is Mel’s great-grandfather, Johann Gerhard “George” Meiners (1835-1909). Came on a ship from Germany to New Orleans in 1857. First looked for work in Saint Louis but later settled in Louisville. Married Mel’s great-grandmother Maria Lemke in 1859. After she died of dropsy in 1884, he
A little over two years after my mother Norma passed away, my father went to Heaven to be with the woman he cherished. He was never the same once mom was gone. For Throwback Thursday, I thought I would share this incredible note sent to me shortly after dad's death. --------------------------------- Thank you, Mr. & Mrs. Pollard. Your words gave all fourteen Meiners kids some comfort as we struggled with the loss of our guiding lights. --------------------------------- (transcript of note) Terry – Your dad was our milkman, our paper man, a wrestler (we all knew), and a devout person we all admired. He paid unpaid milk bills for Germantown residents rather than stop their orders. Your mom baked them cakes. How do you follow parents like