Tom Stalvey goes camping.
What a surprise it was when a neighbor stopped by over the holidays with a handful of old photographs of my grandfather, Tom Stalvey (right), and a pal on a camping trip. He passed away when I was but a young boy, and until now, most of the images we had of him were either from his service in Germany or portraits taken later in his life. So what a treat it was to see him and his buddy letting loose on this excursion circa 1949 following the Berlin Airlift. Looks like they had quite a time cooking over an open fire, smoking their pipes, and goofing around with this hound. Bittersweet and a bit comical, these pics lightened our spirits and, in a way, it was almost like he had paid us a Christmas visit.