I was born in Long Beach, California to Marjorie Crane and Fred L. Welsh during the last days of WWII. I grew up in the Vassar/Millington, Michigan area where I did a lot of farming in my youth. Then, it was on to Michigan State for a BA in history/pre-law. After graduation, I became an officer in the US navy serving on LST1160 Traverse County and DD931 Forrest Sherman as main propulsion assistant and CIC officer. After leaving the Navy in 1972, I managed a Manpower Inc. office in Flint, Michigan. Then it was on to General Motors for twenty-seven years as an Industrial Engineer. Now, I'm happily retired and very busy with a singing group, Brothers in Song, and with volunteer work at the Bay County Historical Museum.
This is my grandson Aiden. He is the apple of his parents eye. As a grandparent it is wonderful just to be able to see not only what he is doing but how his parents are reacting to him.
My only problem is the distance to where he lives. Raliegh, North Carolina is a great city but it is 800 miles from here. I also think about how different his life will be. He will be a city kid, raised in the new south, in the twenty-first century. I was a farm boy, raised in the industrial bread basket of the world, in the twentieth century. That makes for quite a difference.