|Thomas Williams and Mary Beth Dolan|
August 23, 1975
It just never seemed to get old - even now almost four decades after the fact. Almost without fail, whenever a family group picture was to be taken, someone would bring it up again. It was always funny, and no one had more fun with it than Tom.
The details are a bit fuzzy and may have been embellished a bit over the years (something Tom was pretty good at himself!), but as the story goes: it was our wedding reception in Montello at the Buffalo Lake Lodge. The photographer (his name was Norbert Netz, step-father of good friend, Mark Braun), was taking a number of outdoor family shots. It was time for the Dolan side picture and we were getting it together and almost ready to shoot when it happened. The exact words are long-lost and may have been something different, but it went something like this: "Hey Buddy, wanna step out of the picture." He was referring, of course, to Tom, all gussied up in his white leisure suit. Not sure what Mr. Netz thought, and the situation was quickly remedied, but everyone had a good laugh - not only that day, but many times over.
I couldn't even tell you anymore which picture is the one in question. It has yet to be scanned and right now is packed away in a moving box. The one above was also taken that afternoon, and by that time Tom obviously was recognized as a legitimate member of the family. It is a classic! Tom and Mary were married a couple of months later.
I miss you already, Tom. And when the next family picture gets taken, and how ever many more there may be after that, I'll have a smile, and might even sneak in a "Hey, buddy, wanna step out of the picture."
UPDATE to "Hey Buddy, Wanna Move Out of the Picture
In the comments below I have updated - or should I say - corrected the story. Although Norb, the good old photographer was there taking pictures that day, it was cousin Warren who asked Tom to step out of the picture. I think that makes the story even better! Note well the picture below. Many years later, the unknown Tom at our wedding in 1975 and the innocently unknowing Warren, were captured in this great photo (by me) at Tom's daughter, Erin's wedding. Who knows - maybe they were having a good laugh over that day in Montello way back in '75. A classic moment - I think!
(Thanks KT for finding the photo!)