A Pal He Could Count On

Reminisce - - Our Lives -

ARTHUR DALINE AND I MET IN EARLY 1966 when we were both 20-year-old rookie ac­coun­tants at a Minneapolis firm. The two of us were ready to set the world on fire. But be­fore we could re­ally get to know each other, Art was off to ac­tive duty with the Army Se­cu­rity Agency Re­serve. Af­ter six months,

Art re­turned to the firm and we dis­cov­ered a mu­tual love of bowl­ing. We bowled in leagues to­gether for years to come.

In May 1967, Art vis­ited me for the first time, and we had our pic­ture taken in front of his Stude­baker Lark. That fall, he pulled some strings with his re­serve com­man­der, with whom he was close, and got me into his unit. Oth­er­wise it was cer­tain that I would have been drafted to serve in Viet­nam. I will be for­ever grate­ful to him for that.

The same year, Art sur­prised me when he mar­ried his home­town girl­friend. They had a child to­gether but, un­for­tu­nately, the mar­riage didn’t go well. Art got home from work one day in 1971 to find his wife gone and their house empty. I con­soled him the best I could and was happy when he found love with some­one else.

We passed our CPA ex­ams and started suc­cess­ful ca­reers, while con­tin­u­ing to bowl, golf, play chess, ca­noe, hunt and fish to­gether. In 1978, Art moved to Cal­i­for­nia to be close to his daugh­ter. I was sad to see him go, but we kept up our friend­ship with fre­quent vis­its. Art be­came an ex­cel­lent golfer in Cal­i­for­nia; he’s had six holes-in-one!

Re­cently, my best friend was di­agosed with de­men­tia, but he’s for­tu­nate to have his daugh­ter to watch out for him and he con­tin­ues to en­joy see­ing his grand­chil­dren. I’m amazed at how well Art is fight­ing his mem­ory is­sues. He han­dles his dif­fi­cul­ties with dig­nity. I’ve been blessed to have had such a fine man as my friend all these years.


STAND­ING TO­GETHER are Art (left) and Roland in Brook­lyn Park, MN, more than 50 years ago and in Long Lake, MN, lastyear (Art at right).

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