Author: angie

The Pre-LA Shoot Video: How Marilyn Monroe Factors Into Our Adoption Search

Adoption Story Updates! Marilyn Monroe’s Second Cousin Updates! Our upcoming TV appearance updates, and more. SUPER exciting stuff! Here’s the latest update on my husband, who is the second cousin of Marilyn Monroe (thanks to Ancestry.com, we know this), and on his impossible adoption search – plus, the latest in our exciting adventure that’s coming up this week – we’re going to Hollywood, baby. Well, LA, anyway, and we’re going to be in an Ancestry commercial. I’m sharing what I know so far about the commercial as well as more details about Bill’s birth and the mystery surrounding it....

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Mother to Mother: An Open Letter to My Husband’s Birth Mom

Dear Birth Mom, You or someone you know left your beautiful, healthy baby boy in a phone booth at 7-Eleven on Metropolitan Ave. in Kansas City, KS, sometime before 9 a.m. on June 7, 1972 – presumably after giving birth to him up to 12 hours earlier on June 6, 1972. Here’s your baby at 2 years old. Adorable, right? (Story here: Abandoned 42 years ago, man takes adoption search to social media: How you can help him find his birth family) That baby you had grew up to become my husband, and because of that, you and me? We’ve got...

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Abandoned 42 years ago, man takes adoption search to social media: How you can help him find his birth family

We have decided to take our search to the next level, and we’re doing that by attempting to spread the word further than ever with this photo that Bill posted on his Facebook page tonight.  The message is a basic rundown of the story and reads as follows. Abandoned at Birth: Please Help Me Find My Birth Family.My name is Bill Atkinson. I was born June 6, 1972. I was found wrapped in a towel inside of a phone booth at 7-Eleven on Metropolitan Ave in Kansas City, KS.  He posted the photo along with this message. Friends, I need your help. As many of you know, I was abandoned at birth and found hours old in a telephone booth at 4039 Metropolitan Ave., Kansas City, KS. I was born at approximately 3 am on June 6, 1972. I was found at approximately 9 am the next morning. My wife Angie and I have been searching for years and after a recent DNA test, have located second, third and fourth cousins. My story has been covered by the Kansas City Star and the KC Times, among others, and my wife keeps a blog with our story at http://phoneboothbaby.blogspot.com/ You can help by liking, sharing, tweeting, Instagramming and otherwise passing this post along. To my birth family, I have been blessed with a wonderful loving adoptive family and I don’t want anything from you...

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KC Star Story from 2012: A Review

The following story was originally printed in the Kansas City Star. Since it’s been removed from their site, I’m reprinting it here.  Everyone calls him Bill Atkinson. Before that, he was Stephen Michael Doe. And before that, well, that’s the mystery. He was found, abandoned, in a phone booth, less than a day old and covered in nothing but a blanket. The puzzle of his origins remains unsolved a generation later. Now a 41-year-old husband and father of three, he’s hunting for the family he never knew — the woman he never got to call Mom, the man he never called Dad. But where to start? Short articles in The Star and The Kansas City Times offer only tenuous clues of that June 7, 1972, morning. He was discovered bawling by a woman at a 7-Eleven store at 4039 Metropolitan Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. Doctors figured he was just 12 hours old at the time. One story said he weighed 5 pounds 8 ounces, another had him at 6 and a half pounds. He has no interest in replacing the only family he’s ever known, whom he loves as much as ever. But now that he’s started his own family, he wants answers that might give his children valuable information about medical histories — and his distinct personal history. “I want to know more,” Atkinson said, about “people who look like me, who think like me...

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