Photo retrieved from and courtesy of Chuck Heath, Jr., The Porch, March 24, 2013.
Seventy five years.
Three quarters of a century.
Chuck Heath, Sr. has seen a lot in his lifetime and has yet more to see. He’s born witness to one of his children making history and today locked in a 100-year war for the soul of the Republican Party. Chuck Heath, Sr. has himself been part of American history. Along with his wife, Sally, he toiled on Fresh Kills Landfill keeping pests away as recovery workers sifted human remains out of debris following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Chuck Heath, Sr.
“has never slowed down in his search for new experiences and adventures: from the mountains of Alaska, jungles and savannas of Africa, remote tropical islands, rural Asian communities, Australia, Europe, Central America, etc… he never slows down. He is usually packing for his next trip before he’s finished unpacking from his last one. Next year, if his body holds up, he’ll finally get to visit Antarctica… a place he’s dreamed of seeing for years,” his son wrote in today’s The Porch.
Anything the Heaths wanted, they had to work for and earn. They’re not wealthy – even today. But, he fulfilled his Manifest Destiny, and Gov. Palin likely got her courage and grit from him.
Three quarters of a century. The spirit of a little boy. Today, we pause to honor Chuck Heath, Sr.’s birthday, and the experiences, vistas, and dreams still yet to be.