Family Lore: Stories to Keep

Personal histories--do-it-yourself or done for hire--enable families to preserve the legacy of an aging relative

The six Lorenz children always loved the tales their father Ralph told them. He enthralled them with accounts of his immigration from Austria, his war experiences as a naval officer, his exploits in the hotel business. A special favorite was the one about the origins of the family's dining-room table. Ralph told how during his tour of duty in the South Pacific, he and some of his men rescued a fallen teak tree from an island, sawed it into smaller pieces and had it shipped to Detroit, where it was eventually made into the table the kids grew up around.

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