While Jack Johnstone & Rob Downey were busy getting our company off the ground, the rest of us were in various stages of our career development...
Here I was at 15 years old, “AirBaker” with my mother. It was Parents Night at Marion Harding High School for the freshman basketball team. I remember the moment well, standing in front of all my classmates, thinking, “Please, please, Mom, DO NOT embarrass me!” She didn’t, but my game sure did – I scored a whopping two points playing 5/center that night and got destroyed playing defense in the paint against some 6’5”, triple-doubling man-boy on the other team.
I was working as a valet just below IRC’s offices.
(This was really 1993 but we couldn't resist!)
This is the only group photo I had in 1987. I was five years old and we gathered at my grandfather’s home to celebrate the Spring Festival.
I received an award for the picture I drew of a New York Rangers hockey player that was displayed at the Macy’s art show.
Four-year-old Michael Downey playing “hitter hitter” with his father Tim Downey on the grounds of Napoleon High School.
In 1987, I was in the International Trade Division at Ohio DOD, bringing foreign manufacturers into the state. Jack Johnstone was a colleague, assisting exporters and we both worked on international issues. Best government jobs ever! A week after this photo was taken, I departed with Jack to start Johnstone Downey Finance International, and six weeks after this was taken, my wife joined the department as my former boss’s boss! Je ne regrette rien!
I was at home in Pittsburgh, working on my doctoral dissertation. My wife worked at H.J. Heinz HQ. I travelled between Pittsburgh and Penn State.
I was at my grandfather’s house with the neighbor’s dog in Atwater, Ohio (between Akron and Youngstown). My father’s side of the family came from nearby Alliance and Sebring, both fairly large Romanian communities during the years between the two World Wars.
I was celebrating my third birthday after brushing up on my mathematic skills in preparation for my career in trade credit insurance.
This is of me and Leanna at a Christmas party in December of 1987, during our Sophomore year at Miami University.
IRC was born before I was, but I approve of both conceptions!
I was the postmistress in Ostrander, Ohio (between Marysville and Delaware).
My first international trip visiting the Motherland (The Netherlands) with my parents. I paid for my own plane ticket.
Before visions of political risk insurance danced in my head, I was dreaming of being an astronaut and had a tremendous experience at space camp. It may have been a slow news day, but the story was on the cover of the Kalamazoo Gazette.
I was working for The National Provisioner in Chicago, a company that provided critical price reporting data for the beef, pork and lamb industries. I was 27 years old and worked specifically on the beef and cattle desks. I had just moved to my new home and this picture was taken in December of 1987 with the greatest dog I ever had. His name was Edward.
Jack enjoying a cigar on his birthday. Ah, the good ole days.
I was in Heidelberg, Germany as the first female employee to be delegated as an expatriate for BASF. This was my German driver’s license.
I was at a small gathering at my house with family and friends. My mother is in front of me.
I had pledged and joined the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Bowling Green State University.
I was a sophomore at the University of Illinois and having way too much fun.
This was picture day and the first day of basketball tryouts for Montgomery Elementary School in New Jersey.
Lights! Camera! Action! Beautiful, big brown eyed girl is on a mission! Smile for the camera! Work the camera! It’s April Martin’s third grade picture day at Jefferson Elementary School in Warren, Ohio.
In August of 1987, I moved to Columbus after graduating from Kent State in December of 1986. This picture is from a wedding and I am sporting the shortest hair of my life, a la Molly Ringwald!
Pool side August 1987, Dayton. Young international banker and before motherhood and the wild world of credit insurance……
I was five years old, in the same house in Diamond Bar that my mom renovated for us and we are living in now.
In 1987, I drove from Nantucket to San Francisco in my little Chevy Sprint. I checked into a Motel 6 every night then called my mother and would not leave my room until I got on the road again in the morning as I was terrified traveling by myself. This picture was taken when I stopped in Colorado Springs to ski and stay with friends along the way.
On a Business trip to Bogota, Colombia. My first year of juggling motherhood with international travel!
In 1987, I was in graduate school at the University of Missouri, Colombia working towards my M.B.A. I don’t have many pictures of myself back then. Didn’t even own a camera, as I recall. I found this one which was for the yearbook, I think. The following year I joined Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois.
I was four years old in Strasburg, Ohio in 1987. I had just became a big sister and was no longer an only child. I loved to swim in our pool with my family, pick out my own outfits, have my hair styled how I wanted it (not what my mom thought was best). I was already testing and challenging the world and its “rules,” which you can see by me standing on the bench at Easter dinner. As my mom said, “You were quite the opinionated little girl.” Nothing has changed!
In 1987, I was finishing my first year of college at Ashland. The mullet was a force.
This was after a Hartford Whalers game with (NHL coaches) Ulf Samuelsson and Kevin Dineen.
I was at my parents’ house in Sao Paulo finishing my Economy graduation.
In 1987, I was still new to Columbus and took a spring break trip with new friends to go fishing in Lake Cumberland, Kentucky. As usual, we didn’t catch many fish but as Steve Wright says, “There is a thin line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot”.
At home for family Thanksgiving, 1987.