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

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

Gary’s wife , the mother-to-be having a chosen a signature name for her new-born arrival, with an unwavering  ‘aire of certainty the world will be graced with a Tiffany Rose.   Jan’s maternal expediency was approaching termination,  an apprehension of interrupting false labor pain signaling the approaching event.  Gary’s friday night after hours musical obligation at the Canadian Club continuing, the two deciding that might be best for Jan accompanied him  but  considering her condition it might be best to stay with the bands drummer Richard’s wife at their nearby Mustang residence.  The band was three hours into playing when Richard’s wife called the club that the time was at hand, the mother-to-be beginning labor avidity.  Gary telling the band they could either call it a night or continue on their own, he was on his way to Richard’s house.   Gary arriving the hastening menstrual pains less than 5 minutes apart serving notice of immediacy and with a phone call an ambulance was dispatched to the Mustang residence.  The paramedic in the ambulance timing the contractions didn’t seem too concerned as they red light and siren their journey to Presbyterian Hospital at 13th and Lincoln Ave on the east-side 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, a waiting occurrence.  Gary having attended Lamaze classes with Jan and was prepared, then once the labor pain resumed, this time with an intensity, 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 new-born to the world weighing 7 lbs 4 ounces, the newly established blessing not a Tiffany Rose, but a son.  The mother somewhat disappointed having maintained a conviction that her blessing would be a girl, her presumed certainty of a daughter having never considered a boys name.  Jan at a loss for a name,  Gary conjecturing an homage to the grandfathers with names providing an  endowment  to both families  heritage.  The world greeting Robert Garald Willson, Presbyterian Hospital greeting Gary for $503.50,  a small price for such a precious gift…

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