10 September 2013 | By: Brenda Leyndyke

The Book of Me: My Birth

Deckerville Hospital, Circa 1957, Deckerville Michigan

My journey began on a bright and early Sunday morning in a small hospital in the thumb area of Michigan.  (Michigan is shaped liked a hand, so imagine where the thumb is.)  Brenda Rae Glover, a healthy girl weighing seven pounds-eight ounces, was born at 6:40 a.m. on the 15th of September 1957 in Deckerville Hospital, Deckerville, Michigan.  Dr. E. W. Blanchard and a nurse or two welcomed Brenda into this world.  1957 was a time when only hospital personnel were allowed in the delivery room.  The dark haired, dark eyed baby's parents, Bruce and Audrey Glover, welcomed their second daughter into the world on a fall Michigan morning.  Her Sister, Linda Kaye, was staying with her Aunt Mabel and Uncle Hank Glover during this time.  Linda, almost four, was told about her new sister and she exclaimed, "I want a Tammy", or something to that effect.

  Audrey, Bruce, Baby Brenda, and Linda, taken early 1958.

Tammy was a reference to "Tammy and the Bachelor" movie which was popular at the time. A hit song, Tammy, and a Tammy doll were in vogue too.  September of 1957 saw the Ford Motor Company introducing the Edsel; NBC introduced an animated version of the Peacock logo; West Side Story hit the Broadway stage and American Bandstand was enjoying its' first month of shows.

   Deckerville Community Hospital, Fall 2012.



Kat Mortensen said...

Ah, I had a "Tammy" doll, I think.

Yes, and the film version of "West Side Story" came out in 1961 (a good year :-))

Happy Birthday for the 15th!

Brenda L. said...

Thank you for the birthday wishes. West Side Story came out in two good years!

Kristin said...

Being from Michigan is so handy when trying to pinpoint the location for someone.

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