He said that people who are organizing literature for the Wimbledon Tennis competition were looking for a collection of ten photos, and they would like my father's photo with a tennis racquet!!! I said yes. The photo shows my father when he was about 8 years old in Des Moines, Iowa. I told him that my father's great-grandfather, James Hague, was from Oldham, Lancashire, England. He responded that he was from the Manchester area and knew of Oldham, and thought that was very interesting. I asked if I could get a copy of the item if Wimbledon used the picture and he said, yes, he would send it by email.
The genealogist in me wanted to ask that they include a plea for readers to search for any vital records of James Hague, and who his father might have been, but realizing that it would be the Wimbledon tennis set that would see the published picture, I resisted. I confessed to the caller that I had received an e-mail a couple weeks ago from someone who wrote that he was from "Ancestry uk" asking about using the photo of family members playing tennis. I pondered the validity of that e-mail and figuring that the photo he was referring to merely showed my father standing by the house in Des Moines holding a tennis racket and not out on the court hitting the ball with his family, I didn't really think it was really a photo they wanted. Here is a copy of that e-mail... Luckily I didn't delete it, but I'd set it aside. I guess I was too pessimistic!
Subject:Ancestry photo permission
Date:6/11/2007 5:55:16 A.M. Hawaiian Standard Time
Band & Brown Communications
On behalf of Ancestry.co.uk 57
Jamestown Road London, NW1 7DB, UK
This is what the Band & Brown Communications website www.bbpr.com has to say about Ancestry.co.uk:
Their website shows an impressive list of their clients, noting in March 2006 "Band & Brown is spearheading a campaign to toughen up the penalties for those convicted of drink driving on behalf of its client, Privilege." That might be interesting to my Rees cousins Judith and Adrian Walsh of Royston because of their non-profit work with safe roads and driving in the UK.
As I talked to the caller from London, who must have been Chris Blackwood (I don't remember the start of the conversation), I lost the intention I'd had when I first answered the ringing telephone, to lecture the caller on the time of day it was in Hawaii! As we talked my frown became a smile. It was an amazing request, and I think my father would have had a good laugh to see that his international "fame" came from tennis instead of photography, flying, communications, or electronics - which were his passions.
Interesting that my Dad always wore a tie. My mom said he was the only one in High School that wore a suit and tie... and even in the "tennis photo" he is wearing a tie.