This is such a person, Grandpa Courtney, Mr. Tennis' dad. I never got to meet my father-in-law, but his influence has always been present in our family. This very picture was always on display whenever I had the pleasure of visiting at Gramps' little lake house. My first thought when seeing this picture was that Mr. T looked nothing like his dad, who was blonde and blue-eyed. As I grew older and had children of my own I came to realize that we inherit so much more than just our looks from our parents. Our personality, intelligence and talents are passed down as well. I've heard many stories over the years about this fine man and have been amazed at how many similarities there are between him and his eldest son.
Courtney left this life in a most heroic fashion when his sons were 9, 7 and 3. His fighter jet was shot down over Vietnam.
For many years this was the only picture I saw of my father-in-law and I had in my mind that he must have been a very serious person, no nonsense and all business. Then his wife, Orlando Grandma, gave us some of Courtney's old slides and other aspects of his personality were revealed and the many similarities between Mr. Tennis and his father were confirmed.
Love, From All of Your Family