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Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2005 12:00AM PDT)
From: Send an Instant Message "John French" <mosshead7@yahoo.com>
Subject: A U.S. President at the House
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"President Carter will be staying here so we have to prepare and the family will be staying at a hotel," said Mrs. B.  I just came home from a tough day at Mt. Gallitzin Academy and was being scurried along to put away my school things. I kind knew something was up when one of my father's secretaries picked me up from school. And the workmen outside were the ones I would see quarterly or when Frank would need help beyond his every day duties and Mrs. B had the same women I would only see at the house quarterly and for special occasions.


Allot of the whirlwind was subdued when at the dinner table the next evening my father announced that President Carter would be staying at a client's house in Fox Chappel. I knew the house of Mr. Abbott. My father brought my sister, Maureen, and me along one day. It was like a castle - Like a Newport, RI mansion or something. I recall being escorted to the billiard room by an employee in an authentic French Maids uniform where I Maureen and I were introduced to Mr. Abbott's daughter - who turned out to be a delight.  She was a little older than me and I tried to keep up w/ her at pool and from then on enjoyed the game.


Yes, my father, they low-key, modest, brilliant attorney w/ the best of ethics and a great mind for business - always thinking - always putting things together. I knew my father was something special by the way other people treated him and, in addition, treated my family and me.


Now I see how things he did like his legal involvement in the Ruby Case – wanting to go for “Patriotic Insanity” – and he creating the first morbidity based health risk assessment along w/ the good help of Dr. James F. Fries of Stanford University School of Medicine and leading health promotion expert and author of Taking Care of Yourself (which sold millions world-wide and was, for a while, the Bible of worksite, self, health education  - And HealthTrac and LifeStyle Directions, Inc. both owned by my father and pioneers in the industry from the early eighties on – C. Everett Koop even being part of Dr. Fries’ publishing circle on the validity and efficacy of the HRA system) - All these things were advanced, out of the ordinary and for his family.




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