Monday, December 22, 2008

Jack Tedrow

5-2-1926 to 12-20-2008
(An obituary follows this post)








October 18th, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jack Tedrow 1926 - 2008

Jack A. Tedrow, 82, of Lake City, died on Dec. 20, 2008, at his home.

Jack Arthur Tedrow was born May 2, 1926 in Austin, to Roy and Sara (Mitchell) Tedrow. He attended elementary school in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1944. From June 1944 until June 1946 he served in the United States Navy, serving as a Signalman on the U.S.S. Nicholson. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., receiving his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in education. Jack taught in Bessemer, Mich. for two years, then taught band in the Austin Public School system until retiring in 1985.

He owned the historic Lansing Creamery Building, where he collected MoPar parts and classic automobiles for 43 years. For 17 years Jack played in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and also played in the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Jack was a charter member of Sheldon Theater Brass Band in Red Wing, Minn. He played in area dance bands, including Bobby Thompson Band, Rollo Sissel Band and Bob White Band. Jack sang in the Austin Westminster Presbyterian Choir and the Lake City First Congregational Church Choir. He was a member of Lake City and Austin’s VFW and American Legion Clubs; and a life member of the Austin Elks. He was a member of N.E.A., M.E.A., M.M.E.A. and the First Congregational Church Untied Church of Christ in Lake City.

Following retirement, Jack decided to go back to school taking a band instrument repair course at Red Wing Area Vo-Tech. He then owned and operated his Band Instrument Repair Business, operating in Austin, Stewartville and Lake City.

In 1990 Jack and Doris moved from Stewartville, Minn. to Lake City, Minn. Jack and Doris spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., where Jack played with various musical groups.

Jack is survived by his partner, Doris Benjamin, Lake City, Minn.; two sons, Peter Tedrow, Apple Valley, Minn. and David (Sharon) Tedrow, Farmington, Minn.; two daughters, Kimberly Ann Tedrow, Lincoln, Neb. and Kathryn (Brian) Knutson, Faribault, Minn.; brother, Jerome (Judy) Tedrow, New London, Minn.; six grandchildren and one great-grand-daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake City, with the Pastor David Badgley officiating. There will be no visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Memorials will be designated to music scholarships in Jack’s name. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Lake City Chapel, in Lake City, Minn.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Ring Go the Bells

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I usually don't do the "op-ed" thing on my blog, but today I will make an exception. I know that every year the "Christmas has become so commercial" discussion happens, it's been going on for as long as I can remember. I usually don't participate in those discussions, I mean, what's the point?

There's a commercial for Walmart this year that is giving me nightmares. I can't get the damn bells out of my head. It's the commercial where there's an empty Walmart that's opening up for the day. When the checkout lights start coming on, they sync with the Christmas carol that's ringing. It's horrible. "Ring go the Bells...ding go the bells....blah blah blah..."

Imagine a world where Walmart check stand lights play Christmas music. In an empty Walmart. The cashiers are all robots. I'm standing in the Walmart in my pajamas. The other customers start flowing in. They're all aliens (grays to be specific). I can't find the bathroom. All of a sudden Natalie Portman shows up as the Virgin Mary and gives birth to the baby Jesus in the camping gear department display tent. There was no room at the nearby Days Inn. The three wise men stop by on their way from the electronics section with a GameBoy, a flat screen TV, and a iPhone with a free month of Internet service. The little drummer boy comes with that new gadget that plays music when you wave it around in the air (can't remember the name of it right now). The shift managers are standing in for the animals because after all, this is Walmart and live animals are not allowed in the store (but didn't Walmart used to sell hamsters? Maybe they still do...). Then, seemingly out of nowhere, "Silent Night" starts blaring. It's the ringtone for the iPhone.

::::cringe shudder::::