This is Kansas Day. On this date in 1861 Kansas was admitted to the union as the 34th state.
Today is also the birthday of a man who was about as “Kansas” as anybody I ever met; my father. Mark Grant McIntosh was born in 1920 and died at the age of 79. He would have been 93 today.
He was from the southeast part of the state … son of two Methodist ministers … with a brother and five sisters. He served in World War Two and spent most of his working life with Standard Oil and then sold insurance. He loved to travel and he loved sports. He was my first coach, advising me in baseball to throw strikes when pitching and when hitting, always swing “like you mean it”. My brothers and I played several sports, and dad was there for many of our games.
He gave me plenty of good advice, most of which I ignored.
He was a good father … “Kansas” through and through.
Our thought for today is from Charles Wadsworth:
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”