Visalia Times Delta, Feb. 14, 2003, p. 5C TELEMARKETERS CALL BRINGS REUNION
Vista---When Riverside County telemarketer Al Kinkade began a call to Daniel and Kellie Kinkade of San Diego County he mentioned that they share a surname. The last name small talk led Kellie to realize that her 27 year old husband is Al Kinkade's son. "Dan, it's your father!" the Vista resident shouted. "Give me the phone," her husband replied. "You're messing with me." "I just fell out of my chair," Al Kinkade said. Kinkade, 49, called to solicit a donation to a police and sheriff's Explorer Scout Program. Father and son compared notes and every question had the right answer. Did Al work as a security guard in 1975? yes Did Dan'smother Shirley Jean Weaver drive a blue 1969 Chevy Nova? yes The Vista couple began searching several years ago for Dan's father. All they had washis full name, Alfred Robert Kinkade, and two photographs of him with Dan's mother. She died of colon cancer at age 39 when Dan was 9, and Dan was raised by an aunt and uncle in Los Angeles. The couple searched the Web for Alfred Kinkade. Dan even bought "The World Book of Kinkades." "It had every Kinkade in the world except for my dad." Dan, a heavy equipment operator said. Al Kinkade had been hard to find because of years of substance abuse that led to homelessness. Now living in Moreno Valley, he finally decided to go sober on April Fools Day, 1998. They finally connected, father and son now talk daily by phone. They met for the first time Jan. 5, when Al also met his 4-year old grandaughter, Sierra. "It's all about God's Grace," Al said. "I truly believe nothing happens in this world by accident."