I first made contact with John’s eldest sister Susan on her birthday in January, explaining the nature of our documentary and how I wanted to interview her. After a near miss in late February, we finally connected this past weekend. John and Susan’s mom Violet (pictured above) turns 91 next week, and is more alert and together than some folks a third her age.
Violet & Susan were happy to see us as we arrived, and we had a few quality hours with them that afternoon. This was the house the John spent most of his childhood in – and we toured the rooms, looked at their photos and watched home movies of John, Susan and Mary Lou.
Mary Lou (or Lou, as John called her) was also a musician, and sang in a band in high school. Sadly, Mary Lou passed away from cancer a few years back, and her husband (whom she met in that band) the year after.
After a couple hours, Susan had to leave for work – but we stayed on for dinner with Violet – making a run to the local restaurant and bring back some fish sandwiches. We sat at the kitchen table – eating and talking until it was time to go. It was a very good day.