A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]Gary Hurlburt shocked the genealogical community of Palo Alto, California, on Thursday by forgetting the birthday of his wife of 29 years.
Hurlburt is renowned in local family-history circles for his skill at remembering dates. Without a moment's preparation he can tell you when his great-grandfather Waldo Jepson was born, married, quit drinking, and died. Or which days of the week his ancestor Drusilla Withey's 23 children and their 38 spouses were born. But somehow his wife Linda's date of birth slipped his mind.
"It's embarrassing," he admits sheepishly. "I mean, she was born on the same day that Uncle Harley had his wisdom teeth pulled in 1956. How could I forget that?"
As for Linda, she's not quite ready to forgive the oversight.
"I know that family history is important to Gary, but this time he's gone too far," she says, her voice trembling with anger. "Forgetting to buy me a present was bad enough. But asking me to bake a cake for the anniversary of his uncle's tooth-pulling was just insulting."