Not A Tiffany Rose……………………#146 (the 70’s)

Enter Robert Garald Willson

Enter Robert Garald Willson

Bob Kneemiller was a very accomplished person with two portfolios’,  a small attaché containing a cue sick and a larger case accommodating a trumpet,  his occupation bearing no conformity to their proprietorship,  both acquisitions being of a recreational status.   The astute pool player and trumpeter was employed as a structural engineer for the TG&Y Corporation,  participating in developing a worldwide presence for the enterprising company of over 900 stores.   Gary availed on Bob’s trumpeting talent to encompass the band when an allocation of his appearance could be obtained.  Gary interceding for Bob at the Fairgrounds Arena, a RCA Rodeo National Finals entry desiring  a trumpet solo,  a fanfare announcement for the participant and his equestrian mount,  the trumpeter  performing the very familiar toreador bullfighter trumpet entry for this event.  Bob and his wife Pat living in the Twin Lakes area of N. McArthur and N.W. 63rd,  an exclusive residency,  a water-way expansion adjoining the acquired residence.  A flag pole adorning the premise would find Bob raising and lowering the flag every day,  a nightly condenses of retreat being performed on the trumpet.  The trumpeter’s pretension, his pride and joy,  a 1973 Jaguar XKE,  V12,  a one of a kind for Oklahoma City,  the British mobile endeavor being remitted from the British Isle’s on one of his business excursions for TG&Y.   Bob handing Gary the keys and the opportunity to navigate this capacious transport,  a lasting impression of possible luxury being instilled in the musician,  an enduring friendship between the two and their wives being established.

Bob and Pat's backyard access to Twin Lakes

Bob and Pat’s backyard access to Twin Lakes

Bob Kneemiller owner of a Jaguar-XKE

Bob Kneemiller owner of a Jaguar-XKE

The mother-to-be having a chosen a signature name  for her new-born arrival, with a ‘aire of certainty the world will be graced with a Tiffany Rose.   Jan’s maternal expediency was approaching termination,  an apprehension of interruptible false labor pain signaling the approaching event.  Gary friday night musical obligation continuing, the two deciding that might be best for Jan accompanied him to the  Canadian Club but deciding, considering her condition it would be best to stay with the drummer wife at their nearby Mustang residence.  The band was three hours into playing when Richard’s wife called communicating that the time was at hand. Mother-to-be beginning to experience labor avidity, Richards wife communicating, Gary receiving notice that the time was at hand.  The musician departing, telling the band they could either call it a night or continue on their own.  Gary arriving at Richards the hastening menstrual pains serving notice of immediacy, a phone call, an ambulance being dispatched to the Mustang residence.  The paramedic in the ambulance timing the contractions didn’t seem too concerned as they red light and siren to Presbyterian Hospital at 13th and Lincoln Ave on the eastside of Oklahoma City.  The couple experiencing the anxiety of  a rush by ambulance but upon their arrival there was a temporary halt in the maternal expectation.  The couple experiencing a waiting occurrence,  Gary having attended Lamaze classes and was prepared, but once the labor pain resumed she was not able to focus on their breathing exercises, just struggling to endure, wanting it over with.

A small price for such a big gift.

A small price for such a big gift.

At 7.01 p.m. on July 2, 1977 the blessed celebration was achieved,  with the assistance of Dr. Charles Taylor an introduction of a 20 inch entity to the world weighing 7 lbs 4 ounces, the newly established blessing not a Tiffany Rose, but a son, a mother somewhat disappointed having maintained a conviction that her blessing would be a girl.  Jan’s presumed certainty of a daughter found her at a loss for a boys name, Gary conjecturing an homage to the grandfathers,  names providing an  endowment  to both families  heritage.  A welcoming world greeting Robert Garald Willson, Presbyterian Hospital greeting Gary for $503.50, a small price for such a big gift…


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