Pacific Stars and Stripes,
April 13, 1953
SEOUL, Apr. 13
(Pac. S&S)- The two fathers of 'Mike" merrily returned this week from
their first PTA meeting-one had dawdled at the school organ, the other
had given a speech-and the Korean parents and teachers were delighted.
Mike was adopted some time ago by Lieutenants
Robert C. Turner, Bellmore, N.Y., and James L. Starling, Leaksville,
N.C. They put the orphan boy in school, dressed him up as well as
the other kids, and gave him lots to eat.
MIKE WAS HAPPY until last week when he said there
was to be a parent-teachers meeting at school and he had no one to
It was a big order but the two lieutenants hopped
into their jeep and were off to the meeting. They were met at the
school auditorium by cheering mothers and teachers and were escorted
Turner was asked to speak. He told the rapt audience
of his philosophy on children, though he is a bachelor. His translator
was applauded feverishly during the speech. During the speech, however,
the other lieutenant was called aside and disappeared.
After the meeting broke up, the two officers returned
to their outfit. "Where were you during my speech," asked Turner.
"They wanted me to play
the organ," Starling said. "You play the organ?" laughed the first.
"Can't play a note," confessed Starling. But he said the organ was
reserved for honored guests to play and he did his best to please.
After their first meeting, the two fathers of
Mike thought it was a good idea.
"But," Turner said, "I didn't
know there was so much to being a PTA member."