The Memoirist
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The Memoirist

FATHER’S DAY STORY

Dad’s Other Life

Remembering a Dad I knew only in glimpses

Dad in hard hat and work shirt sitting in the breakroom at Bethlehem Steel, circa 1960s.
At the steel mill, Dad became “Ray.” Photo from family archive.

The pose seems foreign to me: A work pose. A certain jauntiness to the positioning of the hard hat, manspreading. He looks to be caught mid-word. Or maybe he’s chewing gum, which he mostly did at work to keep his mouth moist with saliva to combat the ore dust.

The photo reminds me…

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