My father, Wilbur Jacobs, was a hard-working man who worked for perfection (in an imperfect world) in everything he did.
As a finish carpenter he was a master. He was also a very creative artist in free-hand drawing and a trad jazz buff of legendary proportions.
He was the “trad jazz consultant” for years at WTCM, (radio in Traverse City, MI) advising the DJ every week on which albums to feature; he had a huge collection of jazz 78’s featuring all kinds of music; he was friends with “name” jazz musicians all over the world and attended festivals and concerts regularly.
He was also a strong influence on me and my siblings Rod Jacobs, Lauralyn Theodore, and Chuck Jacobs, in becoming the best at whatever we decided to do. Musically he helped all of us to perform to professional standards from a very early age, winning several contests in MI with a family band. He left us far too soon (35 years ago) and is dearly missed. His legacy lives on through his children and any others who knew him.
June 15, 2014