|Justin Williams shares memories of Leap Day birthdays gone by with nephew Clyde Gibson |
and neice Haly Ivie. Technically, Haley will turn 10 three years before her uncle.
by Alisa Angelakis/Spokesman staff
The youngest of 10
“It was always kind of weird be
Older sister Sherri Williams insists that Klatt was always pretty spoiled in their
“He got spe
Williams said Klatt enjoyed stret
Klatt agreed, adding, “It does get a lot of attention from people. They think it’s
One year a friend threw an “a
When Williams suggested throwing a 12-year-old party for him this year, Klatt’s response was, “Don’t you dare.”
He doesn’t have any big plans for this birthday, Klatt said, but he didn’t know what the family had in store.
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While Klatt was making his debut into the world, longtime Redmond residents
“We wanted a Saturday near the end of February, and the
Carl added, “It just happened. But people started making jokes early on. Most frequently we’ve heard, 'Oh you have to buy an anniversary present only every four years.’ Not so. In reality, three out of four years we
Carl and Ginger met at the University of Washington, living in Alaska for some years where he worked as a newspaper reporter and later as an Armed For
“It (Alaska) was small and wet,” she remembers, adding. “I was from the big
Ginger spent some time working for the governor of Alaska, as a se
In 1975, Carl be
“We weren’t going to stay here; we were going to move after the girls were out of high s
The most memorable anniversary – or non-anniversary – was when their daughters threw a surprise party for them in 1994, Carl said, whi
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When asked whether he
Born Feb. 29, 1976, Justin was the first leap year baby Madras hospital ever had, his mother Loretta said. There was even a story and a photo in the newspaper.
To top off the memorable day, Justin’s dad, Tim, got a speeding ti
“He had to be flying be
Tim had a bet with his in-laws that Justin was going to be a girl and he was relu
“My dad didn’t know that he was a boy until he got out of the hospital,” Loretta said with a
In the two months leading up to Justin’s birth, do
“It was like I was pregnant forever, I’ll tell you that,” Loretta said. “He’s pretty spe
All three of the Williams
Both girls said they didn’t think it was fair that Justin got more than one birthday growing up.
“I think the most memorable birthday memory I have is sitting there at (Justin’s) birthday party and my water breaking, six weeks early,” Jessi
That was Feb. 28, 2003. Justin’s nie
“It’s kind of funny,” Haley said. “We usually
“I’m having a kid birthday this year,” Justin said. “Every birthday I’ve had on the 29th there’s always been little
This year, said his mother, the theme will likely be either Transformers or G.I. Joe.
His father, Tim, added, “We’re trying to get enough people together to give him a spanking for his 9th birthday.”
Smiling, Justin remembers, “Growing up I have this memory of this blanket that my grandma made me, and she wrote my birthday on it. She wrote February 28 be