Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbors in the United States of America.
A few facts about the role the United States of America has played in the lives of Angela Coon and the late Charlie Francis who co founded www.charliefrancis.com in 2000.
Charlie’s late mother Helen Merrick Francis was born and raised in Annapolis Maryland. She met Charlie’s father at the IceCapades as Charlie’s father ( James Blake Francis born and raised in Toronto Canada) was a professional ice dancer and later a professional fine artist.
Charlie’s maternal grandfather was a department head of history at the USA Naval Academy.
Helen, Charlie’s mom went to Ohio Wesleyan University and became a kindergarten teacher in Toronto after Charlie and his only sibling Barry entered school.
Charlie was on an track scholarship to Stanford and loved it. Prior to his finishing high school he spent his final year at an all boys private school and the brothers there recommended he attend the US school. Charlie has spoken about his experiences in detail in “Speed Trap” sold here and on Amazon.
My late father Joseph Paul Coon was an American citizen due to his father Gerald Coon born and raised in Detroit ( Dearborn Michigan).
My family on the Coon side are members of the Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR. To have become members your family must have been able to prove your family had a role in USA independence.
I’ve posted on cf.com Facebook page a painting of James Francis, Charlie’s father and a painting of Helen Merrick Francis (Charlie’s mom) in which Charlie’s father painted.
Wishing all of our American extended family and friends Happy Thanksgiving and all the best during the upcoming Holiday Season.