His mother wrote the famous book, "The Family Nobody Wanted."
It was made into a movie in 1975, starring Shirley Jones, and also a play that high schools still perform.
mixed races. This was back in the 1950s and 60s when adopting out of your race was just not done. Or
very rarely done. Don was their oldest of the 12 children.
Don's mother, Helen died in 2012 at the age of 97. One of her daughters had this to say about their Mom:
"She made many sacrifices to make a difference in the lives of others," her daughter said.
"She made a difference in the lives of 12 orphans. She made a difference in the lives of
those who read her books and her stories, and were touched by their message. She made a
difference in the lives of orphans around the world that were adopted by couples who
read (her) stories and gave validation for adoption outside of their own race."
I also found this on Youtube this morning….This aired December 1954