My father, James R. Webner, was born on July 5, 1929. I am not good at remembering dates, but Dad’s birthday was easy — the day after the 4th of July, the year of the stock market crash. The close proximity of Dad’s birthday and Independence Day was emphasized after we moved from Akron to the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington. UA has a huge parade and, when we lived there, every resident was pretty much required to attend. The Civic Association would send a sound truck up and down the streets bright and early on the morning of July 4 loudly reminding people of the upcoming parade, and when they passed our house the announcer would always mention Dad’s birthday, too.
Today would have been his 80th birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad!