A man of few words

Some thoughts on fathers and sons

Ken's Fireside Chat

Robert C Knowlton in uniform                   Christmas 2007

A long-time friend talked about how he was terrified of my dad when he used to come to some of our family events.  He noted that he felt this way because my dad hardly ever said a word.  That made him nervous.  When my dad passed away at the beginning of 2008, he was surrounded by his family and still didn’t say very much.  His life-long introversion, however, did not stop him from making a huge impact on all of our lives.  During his senior year of high school, he joined the Merchant Marines to help do his part in WWII.  He was part of both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.  When he returned, he married his childhood sweetheart and they began to have a family.  He supported us first by working as a truck-driver until he hurt his back.  Then he drove bus until the company he drove for…

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