Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Dad!


I was digging through some old photos in Ottawa and discovered the evolution of my Dad.
Here he is below joining the airforce at 10 years old. He had to lie about his age and say he was 11.
Being a hardy Slav and raised on a farm in the depression, he matured early.
Here he is at 12, ready to kick some man ass.
One of his first jobs for the Royal Canadian Air Force was to search for UFOS by impersonating them. That's his head floating along the sky about to inspect a suspicious otherworldly truck.
 Once he assessed the truck as being an authentic earth  vehicle, he rematerialized his body.
 He was a suave rascal. Here's one of his girlfriends.
Here's another....Hey! It's my Mom!

 Here's the first ill consequence of that meeting. Dad's about to hurl me overboard after he discovered I wasn't maturing at the rate of a true Slav. I'm 14 there.
People used to say Dad shoulda been a movie star - Canada's Clarke Gable or Moe Howard. I wish he had. Then he could have financed all my wacky cartoon stories.

Instead the air force assigned him to our military base in Iraq. Here's Mom and him celebrating Christmas with Saddam Hussein. Even dictators love a good barbecue before a torture session.

Here he is back home for a true Canadian Christmas. Look how happy he is.

This must be him all gussied up ready for Church (doesn't he look like one of the moral majority?), while Mom stays home to honor the Lord in her own way, with a stiff drink - probably a rum and coke, Jesus' favorite.

 Elizabeth and I also on our way to Sunday School where I'm about to stir up some trouble again. Elizabeth is carrying our lunch.

Here's me with the girl hair that drove Dad crazy. 

But Holy Crap! Even he was kind of a damn hippie himself in the early 70s! But he still swears that the Beatles were just a gimmick - even as he proudly displays his mod shirt and apache scarf.

Here's Dad and Uncle George who is wearing his John Lennon cap and getting a stern lecture from the ol' man.

Do you wanna mess with this guy?

34 comments:

fandumb said...

Happy birthday, Michael!

fandumb said...

Happy birthday, Michael Kricfalusi!

Roberto Severino said...

Damn, John! So many of these photos are of high quality, even 40 years later! Happy birthday to your Pop. Canadians and Slavs have it right in terms of manliness. Pussified Americans can listen and learn here.

The Monster said...

Aww =)

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Paul B said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad, John.

Erik Butter said...

Congrats!
Nice photo's.
I wish your dad many more manly years.

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heaven-e-hell said...

happy happy happy, joy joy joy

Happy birthday, Michael!

today is my birthday too: X

jeffreyJack said...

Holy Crap!

Your ol' man's another year older already? Seems like just months ago... never mind. The years pass, like sands thru the goddam hourglass

I need to get on the stick. Congrats old man. Hope you can afford cans with labels by now.

Shawn Dickinson said...

The manliness of this post is almost too much for me to handle!

greenhorngallery said...

In terms of "the Destruction of Western Civilization," is that something John K wants? It seems a lot of people making Cartoons and what not are bent on it without realizing it.

Facundo Ezequiel said...

Happy birthday to Mr. Kricfalusi!
I wish I had such amount of great photos of my dad.

Facundo Ezequiel said...

And I agree with your dad about the hair... sorry.

Fray Mollo said...

Hey, man, he looks like Jason Robards as well.

Brian O. said...

"Do you wanna mess with this guy?"

No.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Kricfalusi.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Holy Cow! Your dad really could have been a film star!

Jennifer said...

Happy birthday to your dad.

Your dad really could have been a film star - he had that "rugged handsome manly" look.

Lebon Bon Lebon said...

A man among men.

I always think of your dad when I see that angry father at the Ren & Stimpy cartoon :D.

All the best!

Michael Vernon said...

Great pictures. Great memories. Great Dad. Dads are great.
Thanks for sharing this, John.

Kirk Nachman said...

Love the cravat. My great grand uncle Eugene, probably not wholly Slavic, spent the war in the wilderness with the Polish Underground, an SS bullet in his shoulder. So, who's the man?

Kirk Nachman said...

Love the cravat. My great grand uncle Eugene, probably not wholly Slavic, spent the war in the wilderness with the Polish Underground, an SS bullet in his shoulder. So, who's the man?

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Ken said...

Hey, my dad's name is Michael, what do ya know.


That was Luke Skywalker hair you had sir.

SoleilSmile said...

HAha! You look just like your dad!

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mr.plunko said...

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