Solana Cortez and her biological father, Gary Fuller (Family photo)“Did you think about me?” a woman on the other end of the phone line asked Gary Fuller.
The question came from the 27-year-old daughter he had never met. An ordained minister, Fuller is usually good with words but says her question had him babbling.
“The call was so emotionally charged, I hardly remember what came out of my mouth,” he recalls. “I wasn’t proud of so willingly bowing out and never pursuing her.”
In the summer of 1980, Fuller was a 20-year-old Northern California college student when he began dating a nurse’s aide at the convalescent home where he worked part time. The romance fizzled by the fall, about the same time his girlfriend learned she was pregnant. To further complicate matters, the woman soon became engaged to someone else. Back in school full time, Fuller complied when asked to sign away his paternal rights.
“I didn’t know if the pregnancy went to term. I didn’t know the gender, anything,” Fuller told Yahoo News.
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