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Committed husband, terrific dad and so-so public affairs professional running around the Petersburg-Fort Lee, Va. area.

More Then & Now

Sunday was terrific. We spent the day at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Va., where we got to hang out with Lia’s sister’s cool family. Joe got to play with his cousins, Lia went down the big girl waterslides (three times, we’re so proud of her), and I ate a steak.

Thanks again Amy and Rich!

No pictures – it was a pool with hundreds of kids and I didn’t want to be the 40-year old bearded guy with a camera.

Anyway, I like looking at old pictures and seeing Joe in similar situations but years apart. Here he is hunting Nazis in 2008 (two months old, his first visit to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, N.C.)
Joe and Daddy in WW2 France

2012 (same spot at the ASOM)
Joe in WW2 France

Joe on film

We have about 4,500 photos of Joe. That’s 1,000 a year since he was born, and likely thousands more than were taken of most people my age during our entire lives.

Of all these pictures, I don’t think Joe’s ever been caught on real film. So let me present, captured by a 1973 Yashica Electro 35 in all his Kodak splendor, what I believe to be the first images of Joe on film.

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Iron Joe

Joe is not impressed by Iron Mike or a threatening North Carolina sky.
Iron Joe

While in Fayetteville for the holiday, Joe and I stopped by the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. I was working here when I met Lia’s mom and first saw Lia, and where Lia and I later had our wedding reception.

Joe walked the whole thing, no easy task. Here he is with a load of 173rd guys hitting the ground in Vietnam. Go Herd!
ASOM, Fayetteville

Joe’s grandpa (right) also hit the ground with the 173rd in Vietnam. He didn’t do it as cute.
Tremblay 173rd

The next day we all went to the Fascinate U children’s museum, where Joe knocked over some other kid’s block tower (mine).
Fascinate U, Fayetteville

Say goodbye Joe…
Fascinate U, Fayetteville