Mail Bag! Shirley Hassau photo!

09 Apr

8Our chum, Karl Holmberg sends this eBay item to us, a great photo of Shirly Hassau. I have a personal connection to her daughter Marilyn now Lynn McCormick who opened her home to an impromptu gathering on the occasion of my father Earl DeWitt suddenly passing away of a heart attack in 1977. Alone for a moment in her kitchen she told me she had only seen her father two or three times as a child. She was raised by the Salvation Army, she said. She told me how sorry she was for my loss, and said it was a huge loss for AA, too. Her husband was also a member, and so was my father who with a partner opened the first Halfway House for alcoholics in Washington State.



Thanks Karl!

— David DeWitt


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  1. David DeWitt

    April 9, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Here is young Marylyn, sent by Karl! When I met her as an adult she looked very much like Rosemary, Errol’s sister.



  2. shangheinz

    April 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm


    Here is a pic of both, mother and daughter.
    Does that mean, Errol visited her 2-3 times, David?

    • Sergio

      April 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      @David, shangheinz ask a good Q – is this her reference when saying she only seen her dad 2 -3 times – Errol?

      • David DeWitt

        April 11, 2016 at 1:15 am

        It may be, it wasn’t the kind of moment that I would have thought to ask her.

  3. Gentleman Tim

    April 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Shirley looks very pretty in this article, to me akin to Norma Jean, who I believe may have roamed the same Hollywood Boulevard neighborhood and haunts as Shirley and Henry.…