My father began having his hair cut by Al Galedrige in Palo Alto, California in 1946. Conveniently for both, both men moved to Los Altos in 1950 and as of 2009 they are still customer and barber and still long-time friends.
The Los Altos Town Crier ran my story on this friendship in its April 8, 2009 edition. And why not? Its a relationship that has outlasted many marriages!
I've listed the link to the article below and you can click to the Town Crier Web Site to read it. Be sure and come back here to enjoy the rest of the photos (below) that didn't make it into the paper.
The Link is:
Ashley Chapman in the Los Altos Town Crier
Here's Al in his World War II uniform, just a few years before he and my father met at the barber shop.
Al's ship, on which the teenage sailor survived the battle for Iwo Jima, though the ship was badly damaged.
Dad on Ie Shima, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. (But that was before I knew him.)
And here's Dad (also before we met) in about 1948, standing on the lot he and Mom bought on Echo Drive (then called Clark Avenue) in Los Altos. Al the barber bought his own lot in Los Altos at about the same time.