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I MISS MY OLD MAN

By Dr Art Lynch


The Unionist that shaped my dedication to the SAG-AFTRA membership..

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His funeral had a long procession, with hundreds of his fellow Postal Union members in attendance, most of whom my mom and I never met or knew about. He was loved as a leader, a quiet man (except when his Irish temper let loose), friendly in a low key way, and dedicated to my mom and me.

Thinking of my dad, who passed away in the 1970's on the last day of final exams in my junior year at Chicago Circle (The University of Illinois, Chicago).

Only after he died did I find out that my father had a degree in meteorology from the University of Utah (I thought I was the first to go to college in my family) and was part of the daylight bombing of Germany training at the top secret base in Wendover, Utah. At the same base he was also involved in the training of Doolittle's Raiders. Dad served in a Flying Fortress Squadron in England a weatherman, and spoke almost nothing about it. Too many did not come back from those raids and too many died while landing.

The Greatest Generation. A reader, fan of westerns, war movies, mysteries and, well, more adult reading. Those who knew him know he was a good man, an active unionist (Shop Steward) and a good father.

For reasons I cannot figure out I miss him very much today.

I serve the membership of SAG-AFTRA in his name and for his honor. I am seeking reelection this year. I am asking for your support.
-Art Lynch
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