A picture of Gordon Hyde and Thomas Purcell about two years old, Spring of 1975 at the Phoenix Zoo. I think it is pretty easy to tell who is who. Years later they married sisters, Sarah and Valerie Thomas.
Several years ago I was at my in-laws house in Blanding for the Fourth of July and I called my sister up in Sandy to see how things weregoing. We were talking about what was going on and Tom told me to askher what Doogie was doing. Without skipping a beat she said, "Oh he and his dad are outside throwing fire wood at cars." It was so funny that she was so calm about that, like it was a normal activity around the house. Naturally I asked her why they were throwing fire wood at cars. The explanation was that because they lived on a long road that was a main access to the neighborhood cars would often come roaring down the street in front of the house. Doogie and his dad were sitting in the front yard and when a car would come down the street much faster than necessary Doogie would throw a piece of fire wood in front of the car as it got close to the house. When the driver would slam on his brakes and yell at Doogie, he would yell back something like "Hey that could have been my kid! Slow down next time!" He probably said it a little more colorfully than that, but you get the idea. He never had a problem speaking his mind in the most uniqueways!