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My Family

by Bill Lauritzen

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My great-grandparents on my mother's side of the family. He was some kind of mining engineer near St. Louis. They were both born near St. Louis. His ancestor had immigrated from France.

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I think this is my mother, Patricia Simpson, as a child in Southern Illinois. 

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My grandfather and my mother's father.
Wally Simpson died when my mother was in her mid-twenties. 


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My mother before her marriage. 

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My Dad and Mom getting married. 

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My parents wedding.

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As a baby. 

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Living in St. Charles, Illinois with brother (left) and sister (background). Around 1956.

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Out family dog always felt sympathy for us kids when we cried. 

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My older sister, Jonni, as a child. 

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The family all together. 

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April 1958, with all my siblings. I'm on the right. 

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The family cat.

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Myself and my older sister, at the house on Indiana Street. I lived there till about 3rd grade. 

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Christmas with father, Henry Lauritzen, and my older sister.

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Jan 1959.

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July 1959, the four of us at the Alamo with my older cousin, Jerry Campbell.

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Aug 1960, probably my brother's B-Day party.

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I took this picture of mother, brother, sisters.

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My older sister must have taken this picture.

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My father, Henry Lauritzen. 

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My younger sister Tracey Lauritzen. She went on to become a civil transportation engineer. She also refurbishes antique furniture. 

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My father, Henry Lauritzen, and mother, Pat Millington. 

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My younger brother, Peter Lauritzen. 

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Sep 1961, in front of the house on 5th street, just across the street from Shelby school.

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May 1963, at the side of the house on 5th street where I used to lift weights.

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All four of us at the Chicago Swim Club.

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Sep 1963, probably at my birthday party. I'm flanked by both sisters. 

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Illinois state swim champion

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Sixth grade, third row, fifth column

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Grandmother, Pauline, and grandfather, John, around 1965.  

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Team Picture, myself, front row, second from right

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Some fans cheering for me. Assistant Coach on the left is Randy Cunningham, who went on to become 
a fighter ace in Viet Nam and is now a US Congressman.  

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Charlie Nieman and myself, 1st and 2nd in Illinois State Meet, 1968. Charlie led a fast life and died of MS at the age of 42. He was a larger-than-life figure that influenced many people, including my family.

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Myself, Bill Lauritzen, and high school jocks from other sports.

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Myself after winning high school state in breastroke, 1968.

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High school yearbook photo, 1969.

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Some swim fans: mother father and friends.

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Basic training, 1969, front, 3rd from left. We got in trouble about something. Only 2 went on to be successful officers. Only one, the one whom you would have least thought, made a career of the Air Force.

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My first year at Academy, 1970.

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 USAF Academy, 2nd row, 5th column.

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Escorting a debutante. 

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After an F-4 Ride, Germany, 1971. 

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Team captain, USAF Academy, 1973.   

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Graduation photo, 1973. 

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Visiting sputnik at science museum.

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Going scuba diving, around 1988.

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With my MG and a beard.

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In the summer of 1986, I worked as a movie extra all summer. Here I played an army major.

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I played a senator in this movie about LBJ. I was cut from the final picture. 

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Playing around on the set.

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I guess I played a farmer here.

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Living in Hollywood, around 1986.

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Teaching summer school, Adams Middle School, around 1992

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Living in Hollywood, around 1993

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Visiting North Carolina, around 1997   

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Visiting Indonesia, 1997

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Visiting Indonesia, 1997

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Visiting Thailand, Aug 1998..

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Visiting Thailand, Aug 1998.

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Teaching my new number system in Glendale, around 1999

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Grandma Audrey Lind, at 93, Bill Lauritzen, older sister, 2002. 
More photos of Audrey

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Businessman, 2006