By John Roberts
September 6, 2013
My father was a "restoration architect" based in Washington DC so my youth adventures were holding the 0 inch end of a 100 ft tape measure. One of those times was measuring the entire fence around the White House where my father had to show his credentials to watchful ones. For times I was not around he would use a folding rule to get his shorter measurements. On one occasion he was busy measuring with the folding rule and jotting down measurements and he noticed a door open and there was President Kennedy looking at him and asking what he was measuring. My father told the President he was designing a new set of steps to the Rose Garden next to the Oval office. The President was delighted [I hope] because the steps were built and are there today [as far as I know]. Did I not mention he worked for the NPS. He loved his years working on the many memorials and historic sites around the DC area.So it is about time his son joined and supports his fathers dream especially in these times.