"My" Sandra Strickland was about 20 yrs old in 1963. According to the family lore, she was engaged to be married to a young man [maybe 24 yrs old in '63] who was a 2nd yr law school student at the time. When his parents learned of the engagement and pregnancy, they threatened to cut him out of the family and stop his law school funding.
As a result, Sandra moved in to the home for unwed mothers in Gainesville, Florida, [presumably where he or they were enrolled in school at the University of Florida]. Sandra moved into the maternity home [known at that time as Hampton Hall] on September 15, 1962. [I am guessing that this date coincides closely with the start of the academic year.] She was in-residence for over 4 months prior to giving birth to a baby girl on Jan. 21, 1963. On February 2 or 6th, Sandra moved out of the maternity home. The baby was picked up by adoptive parents [who were actually supposed to adopt a different baby girl there] on Feb. 9.
The adoptive mother peeked into the social worker/secretary's file when the lady left to get the infant out of the nursery. Quickly scanning the top page [in fear of getting caught], the aMother memorized as much as she could: Natural Mother's Name was Sandra Strickland; she was from Indiana. aMother couldn't recall "the boy's name" but recalled the whole incident while watching the inauguration of Florida Governor Bob Graham. It was on the tip of her tongue, but she just couldn't recall it. [I'm thinking it was another politician's name that she had later seen on campaign signs, but I could be dead wrong.]
According to the paperwork that accompanied the infant, the birthmother's background info included the following: Height 5'5". Weight 110 lbs. Strawberry blonde hair, hazel eyes. Welsh-English-Indian. Presbyterian. 2 yrs college.
The birthfather's background was: Height 5' 9", Weight 145 or 165 lbs, [difficult to read; it was a carbon copy that had been corrected on the first page] fair complexion. Brown hair and eyes. German. Catholic. 2nd year law school student.
Infant's history: born Jan. 21, 1963 at Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. OB was Carl Herbert. [Note - he was also the "fertility specialist" that the aMom had been seeing]. Attending pediatrician was Marvin Kokomoor, who continued to be primary physician of most infants adopted through this particular maternity home until they were too old to see a pediatrician [died last year, I believe.] Also included with infant history is length, weight, other measurements at time of birth and again 2 weeks later, time of birth [6:xx a.m.], type and amount of formula and cereal I was eating at maternity home.
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