You have brought back some wonderful memories, Steve!
I sure do remember the house. And, now that you mention it, I remember the street being named Arabian. I either don't remember or never knew the name of the neighborhood, as that doesn't sound familiar.
I have lived in Houston, TX since 1976, but spent Christmas and summers at my grandparents' in Altamonte Springs. My grandmother took us to visit their family many times during the summers (and they came to my grandparents house, too). Also, we had family Christmas parties at their house. I remember that Uncle Charles would set up his train set every Chrismas in one of the front rooms. I remember they had a screened-in pool and woods behind their home. The garage/airplane hanger in the back was where Uncle Charles built one of his personal airplanes. He was also a pilot for Braniff for years. I think he met Aunt Anne while she was a flight attendant for British Airways, but I may be wrong on that.
My 2 Great-Aunts that are still living (my grandmother's and Uncle Charles's sisters) say that Keith still occasionally buzzes their homes when he is flying in their areas. I don't know if he flies just as a hobby or if he also entered that professional arena. I have not had contact with his family since a few years after Uncle Charles died.
I didn't know Ken or Kim all that well. They were both older than me (I think Kim was the oldest) and were typical teenagers - much more interested in going out with their friends than staying in for family parties.
I think Aunt Anne remarried. I don't know her new name.
You mentioned that you hadn't had contact with Keith in about 10 years. I guess you don't know where he is living then? I have looked him up in Florida and haven't found him. My aunts should have his address, but last time I asked, they didn't.
After my grandmother died, I found a picture of Keith's father as an infant. I had it copied and enlarged and wanted to give it to Keith.
We all loved his father very much. Uncle Charles was such a happy, affectionate man. He always gave us bit bear hugs and smothered us with kisses. We have many gifts that he brought us back from his travels around the world. He was always so thoughtful. He was one of 7 and so he had a very big extended family, but he always thought of us.
You mentioned that your parents were casual friends with Uncle Charles and Aunt Anne. They may even remember my grandmother and aunts and uncles, as they were all frequent visitors. My grandmother was Elsie Marchant, her sisters are Willa Sherrill and Carolyn Finks. Another brother that was close was Bud Lickteig. Uncle Charles and Aunt Anne also had parties that included both friends, neighbors and family, so it is highly possible that your parents will remember. Heck, we may have even met before - although briefly!
I am guessing that you are about my age (31) or a little younger. I don't know Keith's exact year of birth, but I think he was about 2-5 years younger than me.
If you ever find Keith again, please contact me! My e-mail is email@example.com
Very nice to "meet" you Steve!
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