I know this seems a little disrespectful, and I don't mean it to be, but in the scanning and renaming of the photos this weekend, I started to become a little more descriptive in the filenames so it would be easier for me to find them when I create my book later this year. It's easy when they are photos of events or places, but what about multiple images of people, or photos that really speak to you: good or bad. I didn't realize it when I was naming them, but when I sorted through them the other night, there were two photos where I used the word "creepy" in the filename. One is of my dad, named "ed.creepy.colored.photo". Was I unjustified?
I mean it's an okay picture of my father, Ed, in high school, probably in 1945 or 46. It actually exists in black and white, and with much better results. I'm not sure who thought it would be a good idea to paint it in such pastel colors, but I personally think it's a little creepy. Like the tie though.
My parents actually went to the same high school in Detroit, Redford High. Dad was two years older than my mom and didn't know she existed. She knew who he was, but was busy with other activities and friends so they never met in high school. Short story is, my dad entered the Marines under the GI Bill (at that time, it required only a 2-year commitment and was ultimately discontinued since it took the Marines longer to train the men than they would would actually serve). So both my parents entered as freshman together at Univ. of Michigan and graduated in 1952. More about that later.
My mom's creepy photo is also a photo in high school, but this time it's a group photo. I'm not sure if this was a religious group, a debate club, or possibly detention. But they don't look very happy. At all. And it looks like they are being forced to hold hands. Now would we ask that of teenagers today, and if so, would they ever do it? I don't think so. Her photo is simply called "mom.creepy.group". Again, I think it speaks for itself. My mom, Nancy, is in the front row, third from the right, sitting between Jeffrey Dahmer and Roseanne Rosannadanna.
Feel free to click on any of these photos to make them much bigger. I've scanned them hi-res so they will enlarge quite nicely.