These are a couple of pictures from early visits to see Mike at Willowbrook by my parents, my younger brother and me. I think the picture with my father was at Al Deppe’s, a combination food stand and arcade. It was a cool place for my younger brother and me. It had a violin-piano machine. It was a combination player piano and player violin that would play a duet when you would put in a quarter. The mechanical fingers came down on the violin string at the right place and time, in total coordination with the piano. It even had a vibrato. That was the only thing that was coordinated at our visits. A lot depended on Mike and his mood. Since Mike never spoke, he would tell us what he wanted by doing what he wanted, including grabbing food, yelling and so on.
It was easier for everyone at the park. This is where Mom and Mike are pictured. Mike liked to walk. There were easy trails there. We could always go back to the car when Mike got tired.
I wish I remembered more.