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Henry: He’s Still A Great Man

If there was one person in my life that kept me sane growing up in the small town of St. Maries, Idaho, it was my grandfather, Rudy Klein. Known to me as "Papa Rudy," he had a great sense of humor and years of wisdom to share. I've inherited many of his qualities including the ability to interact with anyone at anytime just as if we're old friends. Every one of us grandkids had the opportunity to participate in an event called a "Papa Day." The agenda on such a day usually included being picked up in the morning and starting a project in his wood shop, all the while listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio. Around noon we'd break for lunch at the local diner where he would generally have the special of the day or, if he was feeling adventurous, a tostada - a word he could never pronounce correctly. We'd then go back to the shop, finish the project and head back home/Henry D. Johnston, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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