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SunBird Personalities

  Bob Neuman In 1908, Henry Ford rolled out his first car made in Detroit. It cost $850.00. This may have started the industrial boom that lasted many years in that city, but things change, just as did the success of Detroit. Gerry McHugh started at Ford and obtained numerous promotions until retiring 43 years…

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  Bob Neuman People who eventually marry meet in numerous ways. Could be in school or a blind date. In some countries, the couple is selected by the parents. In 1982, good fortune smiled upon Lynne and Jeff. Both had come to the Fargo gathering place to meet a few friends. Both had dates with…

SunBird Personalities

Bob Neuman Joe Amato grew up in Chicago with his Italian family and lived there until coming to Arizona in 1984. His memories include a young boy hanging out with his friends. “I liked to play softball with the gang. We played in the street,” he recalls. He attended the Catholic church. After high school…

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Bob Neuman Gene Tress remarked, “I fell in love with Arizona.” This is not idle chit chat. He has lived here the majority of his life and is definite when it comes to knowing his own mind. He resided at many places and did many things. He was born in Pennsylvania among the Amish on…

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Gary and Deanna Metzger

Bob Neuman Our residents are considered to be friendly and compatible residents. If you care to have those traits confirmed, then come meet Gary and Deanna Metzger. In 1996, they purchased in SunBird and moved in full-time in 2001. They had come to Arizona at times to visit Gary’s parents in Mesa and explore possible…

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Ron and Ethel Davis

Bob Neuman Ron Davis, unique in many ways, has lived life to the fullest. For a start, he is a native of Arizona. His grandparents homesteaded at Elliot and Ellsworth in 1890. He has traveled, worked in interesting places and has not one master’s degree, but three. He married a beautiful young lady named Ethel…

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Shirley Jackson and daughter Gard

Bob Neuman “I was born in Union Highland Cemetery near Florence, Colorado, in a small house where my parents lived. I had four brothers. My father was a sexton. And, yes, the house was on cemetery grounds,” so spoken by GarWen Shirley Joan Jackson. As the old-time comedians would say, “Folks, you ain’t heard nothing…

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Carla and Daryl Tanner

Bob Neuman Since recently purchasing a SunBird house on Cherry Hills Drive, Carla and Daryl Tanner have been extremely busy remodeling and changing many things. On the 22nd of May, they moved into a home last owned by a well-known couple, Doris and Norman Littrell. “We came to Chandler in 2013 to care for my…

SunBird Personalities

Bob Neuman “SunBird Personalities” began in 2005, nearly 150 articles showcasing our residents. Here are some of the early ones. Shall we challenge our fickle memories? John and Aileen Johnston: Had a movie actor son, instrumental in forming the first SunBird Homeowners Council; chairman; in Navy. Aileen organized first SunBird Singers; three terms on Homeowners Board…

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Dolores Kline

Bob Neuman This young-at-heart lady has the energy of a teenager. One clue, however, she graduated high school in 1950 and has never slowed down since. A spark later on hit when she met Jim, her future husband, at a North Dakota church event. Soon her name was changed to Dolores Kline. This was the…