Happy 26th Birthday, Grandpa!

Today is my grandpa’s 26th birthday! I know, that sounds odd, considering he was born in 1908! My maternal grandfather, Raymond Christian Hau, was born on February 29th, 1908. So, if he were still with us today, he would be celebrating his February 29th birthday for only the 26th time.

I have a newspaper article from 1996, when his hometown newspaper, the Fond du Lac Reporter, did a story on his 22nd Leap Year birthday. The subhead of the article reads, “He looks older than most 22 year olds”.

Celebrating his birthday in 1996

My Grandpa Hau had a great sense of humor, and he always enjoyed the uniqueness of his special day!

Tuesday Treasure | December 7, 2010

This is a 1954 Motorola 53h tabletop radio. It’s made of black Bakelite plastic. The radio has five tubes and an AM band. It’s style is of the industrial jet age design look of the day.

I’m fortunate to have inherited this radio from my Grandpa and Grandma Hau. I can just imagine them listening to it in their Fond du Lac, Wisconsin home – whether it was music, Packers football or Milwaukee Braves baseball games. The radio still works, and the reception is better than in most modern AM radios!