Redd Foxx March 9, 1973

Don't this counts as 'tea' but am telling it anyway! I had cousins who lived in Las Vegas. Sue was married to George who was a construction worker and a union big wig. They had 3 sons around my age, second cousins of mine if I understand cousins correctly. Anyway, George would get laid off from construction work for a few months every year in Vegas and the family, back in Iowa/Illinois would always say "Poor Sue and George". And yet, as an adult looking back, oh hell no, no way they were poor! As a kid you believe stuff like that and don't understand money, but...

...when they'd come to visit every summer they would talk about their neighbors, Redd Foxx and Wayne Newton. The cousins my age would tell me about Mr. Foxx's house, who lived next door, and how he'd invite them in for Sodas and tell them to do good in school. Mr. Foxx would also give them silver dollar for A's on their report cards. Then Mr. Newton, who's estate was behind them, would invite the boys to swim parties. George and Sue got invited to dinner parties at both places.

"Poor Sue and George" indeed!!!

How fascinating to read your anecdote - I'd grown up listening (after age 16 or so) to the blue records of Foxx that Stepdad played and it's neat to see another side to him. Newton I recall as just being a congenial guy on TV, doing quite a lot of different things with his career.
Both of them were in their 'hey days' then, though of course Newton is now known as Mr. Las Vegas and has a newer Vegas compound. The boys, around my age, always referred to them as Mr. Foxx and Mr. Newton. They weren't starstruck, as I don't believe they understood who they were and what they did. They just knew them as their neighbors and that Mr. Newton had A LOT of money because of the size of his house, all his horses, pool, etc. They liked both of them, but they liked going to Mr. Foxx's better cuz his house was more 'homey' and they weren't so afraid of breaking something.

It is nice to know they were basically 'normal' neighbors to non-famous people and welcomed them into their homes. Though, also looking back, I've wondered what kind of union big wig George was at the time. The 70's, early 80s the mob were still active through the unions out there in Vegas. Might explain how a construction worker could afford to live in that neighborhood!
The children of your first cousins would be your first cousins once removed. They would be your kids' second cousins. Your parents' first cousins would also be your first cousins once removed, and their children would be your second cousins, and then their children would be your second cousins once removed, then their grandchildren would be your second cousins twice removed, etc.

Your first, second, third cousins, etc. without the "removed" are all members of your generation. When you add the "removed" part it refers to how many generations earlier or later than yours they are. It's kind of complex, and in pre-Internet days I put a lot of effort into learning it, so I never pass up an opportunity to show it off. If I'd waited for the Internet I could have just gone to the Wikipedia entry on Cousins and looked at the graph.