Family Values (and valuable family): Max was born to Patricia (Adams) and Vernon Bishop
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Values Start with Family...
The Bishop Family starts with Floyd and Fannie
Fannie Tabor married Floyd Bishop who had sons Vernon Max and
Raymond Rex and daughter Viola June...
Sadly, Raymond Rex died when he was 3 months old.
The Tabor family
before Fannie married Floyd Bishop...
Hazel, Grandpa (Orin), Burton, Grandma (Della), Clara and Fannie
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Tabor side of the family...
After he grew up
and went to war,
Vernon Bishop came home and married Patricia Adams...
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side of the family...
Families Grow and Change, Values Grow and Change...
||The Grand Bishop brothers and sisters in 1955...
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Grubaugh and Rydman,
families at the Grubaugh farm in
Burton and Clara Tabor were brother and sister. Burton
married Ester & Clara married
Lauren Grubaugh. Patriarch Grandpa Tabor started it
all in Bannister, Michigan.
Burton and Ester grew crops and farm animals. Lauren and
Clara grew kids.
Both were successful farmers in their own way...
Viola June Bishop married Chuck
and had daughter Penney
and son's Kim
Vernon Bishop married Patricia
Adams and begat Raymond Max...
The Generations of Tabors, Bishops and
You are somebody's family value...
||In 1947, new 1946 Ford, near new 1946 kid...
Family values begin with role models...
Moms are said to be the most influential role models.
This picture of Max's mom, Max & Roger was taken at a trailer
Tulsa, Oklahoma where Max's dad went to the
Spartan School of
Early role models can be a big influence on values...
Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers were role models
for some of us... The good guys vs the bad guys
(Roger and Max
Family values influence, and are influenced by community values
(urban, rural, other?)
||1950 on Towsley Street in Midland, Michigan...
Roger & Max
Grandma Bishop and neighbor, Mrs. Baird walked a quarter mile to
Main Street to shop
for groceries & such a couple of times each week...
The annual Tittabawassee River flood on Towsley Street
in Midland, Michigan...
Sometimes the flooding required
boating to work and to town...
At $100 each, Max's dad bought 2 acres 10 miles north of
Midland and moved our trailer there.
He then bought a surplus WW2 barracks building and
disassembled & rebuilt it as an
attachment to the trailer. The Vernon Bishops lived in it while he
spent years building a new house on the
Schools are communities that provide and influence values...
A one room school with 32 kids in 3 or 4
grades was often still the norm
in rural Michigan communities..
draw on all of those family and community values as we learn and grow...
This drawing of Robin Hood and Roy Rogers is one that Max did at
the age of 6. For many, Robin and Roy probably instilled values that lasted
John levied taxes on the poor at an unacceptable rate and those who benefited
from those high taxes and held an allegiance to John could expect a visit from Robin
Hood who would return some of that wealth to people who
needed it more.
Robin was considered a scoundrel and a thief by those more loyal
to Prince John than to the Kingdom
at large. To the poor, who had to accept the burden of
John's high taxes and unbending collection methods, he was considered a hero.
We watched the Roy Rogers TV show every week.
Though not a lawman or super hero, Roy did what he could to insure that good
would triumph over evil.
Aunts, Uncles & Cousins would sometimes come to visit.
Roger, Barb & Max are here with Cousins
Skip, Rick and
Sometimes values depend on situations or
The boys sitting on it thought
the horse was for fun. To the boy on the right, the horse was work.
a plow horse that had to be harnessed/unharnessed, curried, shod, fed and kept
healthy or he and his family wouldn't eat. Is your job or your
life a play horse or a work horse? ;-)
The jobs we do and the homes we make help shape
Along with my dad, most of our
neighborhood friends worked at Dow Chemical.
many also built their own homes
because that's all they could afford to do..
This photo is of Roger, Barbara, Max and Dad (Vernon) in
1954 in the front yard of our 2 acre plot on Eastman Road...
How we look to others can influence how we are
treated and how we are treated can affect our values...
This is a boy, not a girl.
He is white, not brown.
He is clean, not dirty.
He is short not tall.
He is smart not dumb.
treated well, not badly...
If you were at all different from that, you
probably grew up with a different perspective on life...
Significant events at an early age may shape values for
||Max Bishop and younger brother Rex at a
Though he looks a bit chubby, brother Rex (on the right)
was not fat. A short while after this photo, it was discovered that he had a
kidney tumor the size of a grapefruit. My dad's employer, Dow Chemical, didn't
provide insurance to cover the surgery and 5 years of follow up care but Dad was
able to find a charity that would. Although it saved his life and he lived for
another 50 years, Rex never completely recovered from the consequences of that surgery...
||When big enough to reach the pedals, Max inherited
Christmas dinner was often at Grandma and
Grandpa Bishop's House.
Having gone hungry at times through the
depression and half starved
as a WW2 POW, Dad said that, though we may be
without shoes when
they wore out, we would always
have enough to eat...
Cultural influences can shape and change our values...
In 1959, Elvis was alive...
Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & the Big Bopper
died that year.
All the girls cried...
Fathers may give us values by example...
house that Max's dad built at 5400 North Eastman Road in Midland, Michigan...
||2006 and still owned by the folks
that bought it from Mom and Dad...
Almost every night after supper until bedtime, for 5 years,
from foundation to chimney, mostly by himself, Max's dad labored to build a new
house. He worked harder than Max has ever seen any other person work, before or
When he was a boy, Max and his dad planted two Weeping Willow
branches next to each other on the south acre of the property at 5400 N. Eastman
They were about the size of Max's thumb at the time. This photo was taken
As you can see, they've grown together and grown very
The Vernon Bishop family in 1960...
Mom and Dad were always there to support and participate in
our social and recreational activities.
Mom mostly for school stuff & Dad for Boy Scouts, 4H,
Little League, camping, boating, biking,
hunting and fishing.
Community, social and other public events can influence our
||A small High School where Max knew almost everyone
he'd grown up with, made almost every event important and memorable (although
some of us would probably have been better off without a recorded image of
some of those events)... This is a picture of playgirl bunnies Roberta, Maxine,
Geraldine and Gregita at some sort of school thing... ;-)
Max Bishop, Christmas 1964...
in the Bishop family was not so much
a religious holiday as for gift giving and getting and for family gatherings.
Christmas of '64 was real good for Max. With more freedom than he thought he had
and no responsibilities. He wishes, at the time, he'd known how good... ;-)
Different school environments may provide different values...
Utah State University...
Utah State introduced me to some religious,
cultural and social values that I didn't quite understand or expect.
Work environments provide and adjust values...
Max's job at Harold Alexander's Bay Station in 1965
provided Gas Pump Jockey values...
Self Serve hadn't quite arrived as concept yet.
Mr. Alexander's expectations were that
we would wash windows, check oil and air tires
at any request, whether the customer
bought gas or not.
Near and exit from Dow Chemical Company with
12,000 employees at the time, rush hour
would have the pump jockies running from car to car to do all
of those things and more.
Values are sometimes forced on us by events (marriage,
divorce, birth, death or... "the draft")
Although drafted, Max was smart (or lucky) enough to
avoid a tour in Vietnam by joining the Air Force.
It meant trading 2 years for 4 but his dad thought
that he should make a career of it anyway so that was
his expectation when he joined.
This picture was taken while Max was home on leave to
pick up his Renault Dauphine...
Max was expecting that with each step up the
military ladder, he would like it more...
Work environments provide for and adjust values...
The military provided some Government Issued
Values and adjusted some others...
Values influence choices and choices influence values...
With "young single guy far from home
values" that challenged previously learned
family, cultural and social values, we tried to
make the best of the situation with cars,
girls (if we could attract them with our cars)
and booze, often badly mixed in the
Emotions and passions can have a big, sometimes overriding,
influence on values...
Kerri Kranz in February of 1967...
The consequences of the decision to marry, and
the resulting responsibilities,
can make a big change in values. Max and Kerri were married on January 13th,
1968 in Cheyenne, Wyoming ;-)
Life changing decisions can be either value affirming or
value adjusting events (or both ;-)
||Max in our first apartment a few days after the
wedding in January of 1968...
Max's child bride.
In our first apartment...
Max, Kerri and Scott at Yellowstone National Park in 1969
with Dads and Moms Herman and Hattie
Kranz, Pat and
Work environments provide for and adjust values...
We moved to Arizona after the Air Force. As a
mapmaker/draftsman in downtown Phoenix,
Max acquired Maricopa County values...
pulling cactus spines from his shoe in 1973 while on a Maricopa County site
After working for Maricopa County, Arizona as a
draftsman/mapmaker for almost 6 months and having been shorn and shaved for four
years in the Air Force, Max decided to grow a beard and mustache. On a Friday
afternoon, he was told that if he still had the beard on Monday, not to bother
coming to work. Though he protested that he didn't think that was legal, he was
told that since hadn't completed his probation period, he could be fired for any
reason (like the department director didn't like beards.. With no apparent
alternatives, he shaved.
Interestingly, a few months later, the next
draftsman that they hired passed the required skill tests with the highest score
ever. He just happened to have a mustache and beard and the department director
was given no choice but to hire him... ;-)
Max in about 1973 during race car days in Arizona with
Our first home (rented) in Phoenix at 3638 South 12th Street...
It had only three rooms, a bathroom,
kitchen and living room/bedroom. At only $65 a month, while
going to school on the GI bill,
it was all we could afford at the time.
We later bought this home along our landlady's house at 3632
South 12th Street.
Our landlady's '56 Chevy had only about 50,000 miles when she
sold it to us.
This photo is of Kerri and Scott with next door neighbor Irene
Turner and son.
It was sad when Irene died so young of ovarian cancer not too
many years after this picture was taken.
School environments provide and adjust values...
Phoenix College provided Phoenix College Student and GI
Max, Scott and Kerri on Mount Graham in Arizona in 1974...
Max at friend's Sin City (Tempe, AZ) apartment near Arizona State
University in 1975...
Industrial Design class at ASU in 1975...
Growing up and growing older together as a
family may set and reset values many times...
Sometime after Max started working a Varga Aircraft
in 1975, he and Kerri's combined incomes were enough to buy his landlady's south
Phoenix property which included
small houses at 3632 & 3638 South
12th Street and a little less than an acre of grass and trees.
Images around the yard at our second home in Phoenix at
3632 South 12th Street...
images around the yard at 3632 South 12th
on Thanksgiving in 1979...
Russ Becker's wedding...
Four Generations: Grandma Gus, Pat, Max and
Scott Bishop in 1980...
Max, Scott and Kerri at the Montezuma's
Castle Indian ruins...
Max and Kerri in South Mountain Park...
Max and his Cessna Cardinal in 1982...
The Max Bishop's in 1985...
The Arizona Bishops at Christmas in 1988...
Kerri and Kylene with Sibyl and Al Wilson at
Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, Texas
Max and Kerri in 1992 standing by the airplane
he built and first flew in 1989...
Max and Kerri cooking something up for friends at
the Falcon Field airport park in Mesa, Arizona...
Vernon Bishop retires from Dow Chemical
Shortly after his retirement,
Vernon and Pat sold their
Midland, Michigan home and moved
Richard, Rex, Randy, Barbara, Roger and Max...
the Bishop kids together one last time for Roger's wedding
at Mom and Dad's place in Casa Grande,
Sadly, Patrick died in 2005 at age 44 and Rex
in 2008 at age 52...
At the Bishop Reunion in the summer of 2002 in Michigan...
In front: Beth, Randy, Vernon & Melissa
in Rex's lap.
In back: Richard, Linda, Colin, Patricia,
Roger, Max & Ginger.
At the Max Bishop's on Christmas in 2004...
The Max Bishop's in 2006 at the San Diego Zoo...
Max's good truck, a 1965 Chevy... (the other is an '88
... More to come... ;-)