Dad turns 80

Just back from my Dad’s 80th birthday party in Chicago. Here are a couple of pics:

My dad’s an interesting guy. Born & raised in Chicago, he spent some time as a cabbie, a paper salesman, and most notably, an actor (he had roles in The Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off).

He and my mom divorced when I went to college. He now lives in a one-bedroom apartment in a high-rise in Chicago. He seems to be doing well: active in his church, volunteers regularly, walks and bikes all over the city.

Dad is, however, very hard of hearing. He’s had a string of hearing aids over the last 20 years; none has worked the way he expected it to (he seems to expect A LOT). A few months ago, he even had surgery to insert a cochlear implant…and that’s not working well, either. At dinner the other night, I had to type my comments to him on my iPod Touch and hand it to him to read because he couldn’t hear me across the table.

We had a great (if pricey) dinner with family. We all chipped in to get him tickets to a Cubs game (he’s a lifelong fan) and a personalized Cubs jersey.

Happy 80th, Dad!


About Kathleen

Kathleen Heuer is a serial arts advocate and volunteer. She is the mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a brilliant nuclear engineer, and referee between her golden retriever and her hissy 18-year-old cat. For more, go to
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