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Save old photos

All last week, I worked on a Sunday story about the Spokane Spokes, a Spokane soccer team started in the late 1950s. My brother-in-law, Adam Deutsch, played on the team in 1959.

Word got out in Spokane's German-American community that I was working on the story and several people called with helpful information. One woman, Anna Hintyesz, told me she had photos of Adam that my family had likely never seen. I drove to her house and indeed, she possessed three photos of my brother-in-law, who died in 1993, photos we'd never seen before.

It was Adam, young and in terrific shape. (He had a stroke in 1962, at just age 25.) The photos are priceless for my sister and her family, and it's one more reminder of the power of old photographs to give as memorial “gifts” to people who have lost a loved one.

And it's never too late to give those pictures to folks. I made 8X10 copies of the 1962 photos for Adam's grown children. A Father's Day gift made possible by Anna Hintyesz.

(Photo of Adam — in dark suit — at a 1962 Spokane Spokes game in Canada. Photo courtesy of Anna Hintyesz)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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