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April 09, 2006

My first house

Because of Madeline's adoption, I recently visited the County Recorder's Office of Santa Clara county to get another certified copy of my birth certificate. My only other copy went to China last year (with my dossier) for Gwendolyn's adoption.

Unlike my last certified copy, this one was an actual photocopy of my original birth certificate -- including my parents signatures and our home address in 1961!

I immediately emailed my dad and told him that I'd located the house we lived in when I was born. Here's what he said:


Mom and David

Me and David

"The house belonged to a Manager at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company that I worked for in Sunnyvale. Can't recall his name. I think the place would probably sell for under $20K at that time. As I recall, there was a Fertilizer Plant around Alviso. When the wind was just right, the aroma was not pleasant!! haaha Don't really remember how long we stayed there before moving to an apartment in Santa Clara. We had just arrived in town, and were unpacking when your Mother got a paper cut on her eye. We went to the Emergency Room at O'Conner Hospital to have it looked at. Anyway, we figured as long as we were there, be would make an appointment to meet with an OBGYN because of her pregnancy. He was at the Hospital on that weekend and we spoke briefly with him. Determined that she was in the area of 7 months. You arrived before we could keep the appointment that was set up! Our landlord lived next door and they took care of David while you were being born! You remained in the Hospital over a month. The lung situation, not withstanding, They wanted you to be a full 5 pounds before you left! You know the rest of the story!"


You can see that the house has been renovated. The roof and windows are new but little much has changed.

Above, there's my mom and brother in 1961 and (to the left) me and Gwenny today.

Would you be surprised to know that this 1116 square foot house is now worth over $600,000 dollars?

Ahhhh! Walking down memory lane is so much fun! Especially when you have a camera!

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