BASTROP -- A
magical reunion happened this week at a Bastrop horse farm, where
Mike Gold is getting to know the son he wasn't sure he ever had, a son
born 47 years ago while Mike was overseas.
Just before shipping out for Southeast Asia,
Gold received a Dear John letter, and told by his fiancee
he might be the father of her baby, a child she intended to give up for
"Always in the back of my mind, was there
really a child?" he said Thursday after finally meeting his now-grown
son. "I tried numerous times to find out and nothing came of it."
The event that would bring the two together
occurred two weeks ago. Thanks to the Internet, Jerry Glomboske
found dad. He was nervous about emailing.
"I said give it a try, see what happens," said
Glomboske, who lives in California. "The next day I woke
up and had an email from him.
Then both men saw photos of each other. That
erased any doubt either may have had over whether they were
related. Same build, same jaw, same nose, same southbound hairline.
"I looked at it and started laughing," Gold
said. "I turned to my wife and said, 'You've got to look at
Glomboske added: "I showed my wife and daughter
and they started laughing, telling me it had to be my dad,
I look just like him."
And they have more in common. Both men spent
several years in the military and then in law enforcement.
And there's more.
Mike was born on April 27, 1947. Jerry was born
on April 27, 1967. The same date, exactly 20 years apart.
Gold and his wife will fly to California in
April to celebrate the mutual birthdays -- and another reunion
You've got three grandkids to meet," Glomboske
Gold replied, "That's really something. Not
only do I have a son, now I'm a grandfather. This is the greatest Christmas I've ever
"Absolutely, it's been great, fantastic," his