“There are a lot of similarities — the way you think about things and the half-smile we both make when we’ve had just enough of something,” he said with a chuckle.
Stancliff, who is retired from a nuclear power plant, Osborn and their wives spent four or five days visiting Little Rock and sightseeing in the mountains and state parks around Arkansas.
“We plan to get together again. Two of the half-sisters have shown interest in getting together, too,” he said. “It’s kind of reconstituted the family.
“Anyone who’s written to me, I’ve told them I’m open to writing to them,” he said of his numerous half-siblings.
Osborn said if it weren’t for Illinois releasing birth certificates with the biological parents’ names on them, he most likely would have never known about his brother.
“The State of Illinois is broke and threw caution to the wind (by releasing the biological parents’ names), but this is neat stuff. We got along well,” he said of meeting his brother.
Osborn encourages others who have been adopted to spend the $15 on a new birth certificate.
“Get the birth certificate, look at it, and then you have two choices: either shred it or pursue it like I did.”
To begin the process of ordering a non-certified copy of an original Illinois birth certificate, go to http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/birth.htm