A LOOK BACK FOR JUST A MOMENT.

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VIHTORI EHVALTI (WALTER VICTOR) LINDALA (1908 - 1992)

Today is a special day for me because it is my father’s birthday.  If he were still with us, he would be 102 years old today.  Unfortunately, he passed away back in 1992.  I always remember him for saying, “I’m going to live until I’m 100!”  It was the stubborn Finlander in him, I guess.  Having him as a father was interesting.  Due to various circumstances, he had me late in life and he was generationally old enough to be my grandfather.  While it can be socially embarrassing as a grade schooler to have an older parent (and I caught some grief for it), whenever someone would say anything or ask me if that was my grandfather, I would pause and say “Yes!  He’s my GRAND FATHER!” and leave it at that.

He was a Renaissance man in a down home U.P. kind of way.  He was a skilled sign writer and graphic artist, a master puppeteer and marionette operator, a musician who played in dance bands, marching bands and orchestras, he also was a sublime B.S.’er!  A fantastic storyteller to say the least!!  He was the kind of man that many were drawn to because of his sense of humor and his willingness to entertain.  Not too bad for a guy who didn’t even graduate from High School.

ONE OF MY FATHER'S SIGNS THAT USED TO WELCOME PEOPLE TO THE KEWEENAW. IT'S LONG GONE NOW AS FAR AS I KNOW.

I know without him, I would not be the man that I am today, and he was instrumental in my development as a musician, radio host, entertainer and as a person.  I wish he was still around.  He never got to hear me here on SUNNY 101.9 doing the morning show.  It’s too bad…he may have become a regular!

I am glad, however, that he was able to live long enough to see me graduate from High School (which actually was his real goal late in life), graduate from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree and to see me get married to my wonder wife, April.

I guess I’ll just wrap this up with a special “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!!!!” I’ll see you again soon!

YOUR SON-

-Walter Jr.