A beautifully told story with colorful characters out of epic tradition, a tight and complex plot, and solid pacing. -- Booklist, starred review of On the Razor's Edge

Great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned. -- Publisher's Weekly, on Captive Dreams

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day

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In the long line of fathers, one stands out. But insofar as the Flynn are concerned, we start with:

1. Martin Flynn of Loughrea (c1806-1873)

who raised a family through the Great Hunger, sent his sons (and likely his daughters) off to the New World and followed, only to die shortly after.
He was the father of

2. John Thomas Flynn (c.1843-1881)

who emigrated around 1865 and became a citizen. He worked in the railroad repair yard, where he was crushed between two coal cars. He was the father of

3. Daniel Joseph Flynn (1871-1944)

 He worked as a shoemaker when his father died, and then as a blacksmith in a

foundry, He was the father of

4. Francis Thomas Flynn (1900-1977)

He ran the dining cars for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, then was assistant manager for the Hotel Easton. When the Great Depression ruined his plans for running his own hotel, he went on the road, worked as an accountant at a construction site and sent money home. He was the father of

5. Joseph Francis Flynn (1924-2018)

After serving in the Marine Corps in WWII, he came home and became a pressman, then superintendent in a printing house. He was the father of

6. Michael Francis Flynn (1947-??)

He was the first Flynn to graduate college, majoring in mathematics. He worked as a quality engineer, then as a consultant in quality management and statistical methods. He is also the author of a bunch of science fiction stories and novels. He is the father of

7. Sara Margaret Flynn and Dennis Michael Flynn

neither of who, though for different reasons, is a father.
For fairness sake, we mention the fathers of the Incomparable Marge.

1. John Ransom White (1806-1884) 

who was born in NC moved to TN then in 1847 to Fannin Co. TX. He was a farmer, and the father of

2. George Washington White (1839-1895)

who came to Fannin Co, Texas with his family in 1847 and farmed. He was the father of

3. Jasper Moses White (1879-1937)

who was imprisoned in Texas, then moved to Arkansas and Louisiana and started a new family, He had been the father of

4. Claude Lee White (1897-1967)

who with his brother Dick was raised by his mother in Ft, Towson, Choctaw Nation. He worked as an armored car driver in Tulsa and after his wife died, raised his daughter, the Incomparable Marge, as a single dad.

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