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The Speech That Will Live Forever

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

 It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

More Than A Day Off

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968.

I’m sure some people will take this coming monday off without thinking about why they have a paid vacation.  Others may know, but they have a deep-seated hatred in their heart nonetheless.  Here is a reminder to let you know, it is about more than a day off work.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was founded as a holiday promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King’s death, United States Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office). Soon after, The King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 article in The Nation as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”

At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, United States President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

The bill established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and Coretta Scott King was made a member of this commission for life by United States President George H. W. Bush in May, 1989.

Support Your Side Or Support The Right Side

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The saying “Can’t see the forest for the trees” is appropriate for this subject.

Each person can decide for themselves how this would apply personally, but overall I’m wondering how people go about making decisions.  For instance, when the discussion concerning health care in America is brought up, would people decide what they would like based on their political affiliation or the result that would be best for them personally?  I would think most people would agree that there is a problem with the health care system, but what we do is what matters most.  Keeping things the way they are would mean many people could die due to lack of care.  But changing it to a government run system isn’t the answer either – after 20 years in the Air Force, trust me on this one.

Then of course there is the whole political thing.  You know what I’m talking about right?  Some people will follow their party, Republican or Democrat, right off the cliff like a lemming!  Forming opinion along party lines is one of the dumbest things to do; everyone is wrong sometimes.

Now, flip all of this and apply it to many other situations because normal news items – Obama, health care, the war – isn’t even what brought this thought to mind.

I might be the craziest person in the world because my first inclination is to do and/or say what is right (at least what I think is right) first and worry about everything else second.  Your side could be the right side also, but there is always a chance that it isn’t and then what do you do?  The alternative is to follow mindlessly.  I’ll pass on that, what about you?

Like A Forclosed House, The Obama Administration Should Renovate Slowly

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I haven’t had the pleasure (?) of moving into a foreclosed property, but I have moved into a house that didn’t have all the personal touches my family desired. I’m assuming the damage many foreclosed properties have, at the time of purchase, would force the new owner into renovation mode immediately. Having acknowledged the need for fixing/change, the first step should be the easiest: look around to assess what needs to be changed, what the owner wants to change and decide how to go about completing the project. At this point, it would be unreasonable to do everything at once. As a matter of fact, doing everything at once would bring about more chaos and would make it difficult to control the budget for each project. Raise your hand if you’ve ever completed a project at home and the costs were (way) more than you anticipated. Yeah, I knew I wasn’t the only one.

You know where this is going right?

How can President Obama, or the head of any organization for that matter, take control and expect to fix everything at once? The short/quick answer is you can’t and newsflash, trying to do so in America isn’t going so well currently, but things could change. We can go around and around about political parties, but at some point it would be wise to at least consider whether or not the Republicans’ negative comments towards Obama have turned from party hate to reality.

Taking on the recession, the health care system and a new energy problem all at once could turn out to be President Obama’s fatal flaw. For the record, I want to see him succeed, but just because I want it doesn’t mean I’m going to look past some mis-steps along the way. It might have been a better idea to go one at a time and finish, or establish, each “project” the same as you would a renovation project in a house. This isn’t Extreme Government Makeover so an amazing renovation cannot be completed in (7 days on the TV show) 6 months. If you are keeping track of the clock, we are 12.5% through the Obama administration leaving 87.5% on the clock – half way through with the first quarter.

Colin Powell, someone who has my utmost respect, feels the same way. “I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president — and I’ve talked to some of his people about this — is that you can’t have so many things on the table that you can’t absorb it all. And we can’t pay for it all,” Powell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Let’s not forget, Powell was one of the key players in the strategic planning of Desert Storm and served as Secretary of State during Bush’s first term. Powell also saw something wrong with the way Bush was running the country and had no problem leaving the Bush administration – purely my opinion. Some will say Powell left because he mis-represented himself, AKA lied, some will say Bush kind of fired him and others will look at it my way. But looking at his entire history, I would say he smelled something stinking, threw up the peace sign and left!

To be fair, here is a comment from someone calling themselves “Ohio Citizen” concerning this subject: “Powell is hedging. I think the President will triumph when the economy turns, and it will certainly turn. The thing President Obama has is the audacity to actually tackle some of the fundamental weaknesses that have kept us in the boom and bust cycle. I look forward to reading the talking points of conservatives and republicans in 2011 and 2012. I suppose they will find a way to give themselves credit for our prosperity even though they are predicting gloom and doom. America is great and we have a great President leading us with courage and foresight, Powell’s coldfeet not withstanding.”

The whole thing could boil down to making one of two choices: current spending or current unemployment, health care, etc. President Obama (obviously) isn’t worried about current spending and that has many people, including most Republicans, worried about the future of our country. To those people – I may actually be one of them – I ask, could we continue to do the same things we were doing and expect different results? I admit, I wouldn’t want to tackle so many tough projects at once, but if the house is falling down around you, you have to do something more than just fix the front door.

When Did Hate Come Out To Play?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

To everyone on Facebook, RSS, Twitter, Friendfeed, etc., please come to today and comment on this subject.

Hatred (or hate) is a word that describes the intense feelings of dislike of something or someone. For example, one can have a hatred of inanimate objects (e.g. vegetables, bicycles, tables, chairs, etc…) to hatred of other people, and/o entire groups of people.

I’m saddened almost daily by the level of hatred in America; forget about the rest of the world because this is a horrible problem we have right here at home. I don’t necessarily think it (hate) is at an all-time high, but rather it is being overtly displayed more and more. You probably encounter some level of hatred everyday, but you’ve gotten so used to it, therefore, ignoring it for the most part.

Why should I have to deal with blatant hatred?

That is a question we all need to ask ourselves as well as look into the mirror to see if we are one of the many who could be increasing the negative atmosphere.

People Simply Hate Obama

There are many people who hate our president. The sentiments go from being scared of what his policies are doing to our country, to wishing he fails and ultimately, getting killed while in office. Political parties have, and will probably always have, an impact on how people feel about the government. Some people will simply go along with whatever their party believes – something I think lacks individual thinking and decision making. I can understand why someone would be against President Obama because the Democratic way isn’t to their liking and that is where my understanding stops!

I have this feeling that many people don’t like President Obama because he is a black man.

In response to a resolution apologizing for slavery, someone commented saying, “The ni.ggers in the whitehouse. Whatelse do they want?” That is such a short sentence, but it reveals some deep-seated racial hatred to have the nerve to say that in a public forum. Obviously, this person associates the word “nigger” with a black man, more specifically, the President of the United States. Also, he/she feels as though President Obama’s election should mean “they” (Black people in general) don’t need anything else. That is dripping with hate.

I’m not a Republican and I, too, don’t agree with everything President Obama has done. So where do I fit in? I would like to think I fit in as someone who can think independently and judge people on what they do rather than who they are or the color of their skin. Truthfully, I think idiots come in all races, sizes, nationalities, etc. Speaking of idiots…

I am absolutly dumfounded when people have such outspoken and strong feelings about President Obama as if he turned the country upside down as soon as he took office in January. My amazement continues when some of those same people skip over the eight years George Bush Jr. was in office and also try to blame Bill Clinton for the current issues. It’s like these people have selective amnesia as it relates to the 8 years in between.

As of April, 4, 2002 American soldiers have died in Iraq, but former president George Bush Jr. is kicked back in his Texas mansion. Since we went there on false pretenses, or a big fat lie, why can’t Bush be charged with 4,262 counts of murder? Although that may be extreme, I don’t think it is as extreme to think one man has destroyed our way of life from January 20, 2009 to the present, July 2, 2009. That is just silly. He’s only been in office less than six months! Even sillier, if President Obama did exactly what Bush did for the last eight years, many people (mostly Republicans) would still feel the same way.

Not So Heavy, But Still Filled With Hate

Why do people have so much disdain for Barry Bonds, but don’t feel the same way about Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, etc.? All of them have admitted using or have been accused of using steroids. Although I am referencing baseball players, drug use – recreational and performance enhancing – and crime, are rampant in virtually every sport. How does someone come to the conclusion of hating one athlete, but not feeling the same about others? Barry Bonds, who has never admitted to using steroids, but has been accused of using the drug, has hit more home runs than anyone in history and many people would like to have his record erased. But Rodriguez, who readily admits to using steroids during his career, could very well break Bonds’ record. However, noone seems to be calling for his record to be erased. Why is that? Does it have to do with race?

Hate is often driven by envy or by someone who goes against the grain and that is what this baseball example shows. Barry Bonds doesn’t like the media and in turn the media trashed him every chance they got. Since people amazingly believe everything the media prints or talks about, many people have adopted the same feeling towards Bonds. I have personally met Bonds and he was nice to me. Should I jump on the bandwagon and believe the media or should I judge the man on how he treated me?

I’m not sure what happened between Michael Jackson and the various children he was connected with, but a court of law didn’t find him guilty of molestation. But some people are doing their best to drag him through the mud before he is even in his grave. Others have made comments like, “Michael Jackson can’t hold a candle to Elvis.” Please! Can the man rest in peace?

It Will Probably Never End

We could probably talk about different examples of hate until we are blue in the face and it will never end. This isn’t relegated to national politics, sports or the entertainment world. Hatred like this happens in our local neighborhoods, jobs, clubs, schools, stores, restaurants and churches. Since there is about a zero chance of it being eradicated totally, we can at least be mindful of others.

I have had a recent experience where I needed to show tolerance for someone who isn’t like me. I charged down one path and did not encounter the attitude I was expecting, which really blew me away. Without going into detail, I told my wife that I may have to reach out to this person because now I know where their heart is and I could be of help. Eventually, it will make me feel better because it will take far too much energy for me to show hate.

Hate is an energy draining emotion and is taking far too much time on the Internet, TV and other news media. We should have something better to do.

College Students Can Compete To Win Computers

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Do you know someone (a high school senior) who will be attending college in the fall and could make use of a computer?  Do you know a college-bound student who has good grades – 3.0 GPA or higher – along with the potential to add something positive to our society once their education is complete?  Does your neighbor, cousin, nephew, niece, son, daughter, co-worker’s child or someone you just happen to know fit that description?  Well there is a program designed to ease some of the burden and keep someone in the bank.

We Embrace is currently accepting submissions for a competition, event or whatever you would like to call it that will result in some students going off to college with a new computer…free of charge!

It is important to follow the rules so here they are:

  • The deadline (extended) is August 15, 2009 – all submissions must be received via email before midnight
  • The student must write an essay addressing what contributions they plan on making to our society
  • The essay must be a minimum of 800 words, font size 12, Times New Roman
  • Submissions must be emailed to
  • All winners must submit proof of college admission and high school GPA
  • All submissions are subject to appear on and/or

If you would like to learn more about We Embrace, please visit the website at  This non-profit was created to give back to the community.  After looking at the history, you will notice that this all began prior to the current economic situation, but programs like this are really needed at this time.

The program you are reading about isn’t funded/backed by someone like Oprah or Bill Gates, but still impacts young men and women seeking higher education.  Since this organization is a legitimate non-profit, any donation you make is tax deductible and you will have the good feeling associated with helping someone.  If you would like to make a donation, leave us a comment on this site or send an email to

How Is The Winner Selected?

The submissions will be narrowed down to the very best and most deserving few.  After that time, they will be posted on this site and your comments will go a long way in determining who wins.

Look at the history and background to see that this is real.

Think positive, do something positive and impact someone’s life positively!

The IRS Is Even Hurting – Can You Say Domino Effect?

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

“Federal tax revenue plunged $138 billion, or 34%, in April vs. a year ago — the biggest April drop since 1981, a study released Tuesday by the American Institute for Economic Research says.”

Even the IRS is feeling the crunch, but that is to be expected when 6 miliion people lose their jobs right?  Of course, since the IRS has less money that means the government has less money.  Couple that with bailing out all these companies and the deficit is skyrocketing as we speak.  I have a question: were the people drawing up the bailout plan not in contact with the people who should have realized how the recession would impact the IRS?

Oh, there is some good news on the horizon though.  The White House thinks tax revenue will increase for 2011.  But, uh, what about 2010?  Wow!

Isn’t this sort of like coming home and saying, “Hey honey, my hours at work have been cut.  You ready to go look at that new house and car?”  Again, I really believe that some CEOs are still living it up partially thanks to the bailout money their companies have received.

Am I missing something or are we digging this hole deeper and deeper?

Domestic Violence Is On The Rise In Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

I’ve seen how women are treated in Saudi Arabia from a social perspective.  They are thought of as far less than men; it is as if their main reason for being is to birth male children.  The men are brought up with this attitude and it is no surprise that the end result is increasing domestic violence in the country.  Thank God for the USA and thank God that all of our values haven’t went down the toilet.  Look at these two quotes:

Judge Hamad Al-Razine said that “if a person gives SR 1,200 [$320] to his wife and she spends 900 riyals [$240] to purchase an abaya [the black cover that women in Saudi Arabia must wear] from a brand shop and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment.”

Another Saudi judge, in the city of Onaiza, was the source of a separate recent controversy: he twice denied a request from the mother of an 8-year-old girl that the girl be granted a divorce from her 47-year-old husband.

We must remember that behavior like this is coming from a region who considers us infadels: An unbeliever with respect to a particular religion, especially Christianity or Islam.  An infadel is further defined as one who doubts or rejects a particular doctrine, system, or principle.

In a way, aren’t we infadels?  We do reject certain doctrine, systems and principles.  Women, and men, have been fighting for women’s rights since 1848.  Have we ever lived in a value system that would allow some of these things to happen?  I would say no!

Having a set of twisted values makes people dangerous.  Normal criminals (if there is such a thing) lack the values to keep them from robbing or committing other heinous crimes up to and including murder.  But that doesn’t hold a candle to someone who has been brought up with beliefs that will allow them to strap a bomb to themselves in the name of what they believe to be right.  If someone is willing to do that, why wouldn’t they slap their wife for spending too much on clothes at the mall?  I’m not even going to get into the 8-year-old being married to a 47-year-old man!

We are better off here than we think sometimes.

Need Money? Print Your Own!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Now, I know from the title, it seems like I’m an advocate of counterfeiting. That’s not the case at all. With the economy the way it is, everyone is doing what they think they need to do to survive. In fact, it’s not just on an individual basis. Across the country, communities are actually doing what they need to do to survive in this economy also. And if that means printing their own currency, well, so be it!

USA Today printed an article focusing on this particular subject. Here’s a little excerpt from the article:
“A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money.
Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses.”

“The systems generally work like this: Businesses and individuals form a network to print currency. Shoppers buy it at a discount — say, 95 cents for $1 value — and spend the full value at stores that accept the currency.”

“We wanted to make new options available,” says Jackie Smith of South Bend, Ind., who is working to launch a local currency. “It reinforces the message that having more control of the economy in local hands can help you cushion yourself from the blows of the marketplace.”

Ed Collom, a University of Southern Maine sociologist who has studied local currencies, says they encourage people to buy locally. Merchants, hurting because customers have cut back on spending, benefit as consumers spend the local cash.

At first, when I read this, I immediately thought it was illegal. I mean, it is a form of counterfeiting, right? But as I read the article in depth, this idea really makes good sense. If you can help the community you live in stay afloat by way of “community money”, why not? It’s also helping the economy in some form of fashion too! Maybe, more cities and communities should do something like this. I would do it, would you?

Do you think this is a viable solution to “stimulating” our economy? Should more communities look into doing something like this? Or do you think, it’s another “chasing the wind” type of idea?

Today Is A Good Day For A Birthday Party

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Today is my father and nephew’s birthday.  My father is 75 and my nephew is 25.  There is going to be a big celebration in South Carolina for my father; I couldn’t make the trip due to my recent move.  While not there physically, I will be there in spirit and I hope to see both of them really soon.

I was 13 when my nephew was born and we have been tight ever since.  Some would say I’m a father figure to him, I would probably say we are more like brothers, but either way we are tight.  He is one of the people in my life who get, and ask for, my raw opinion.  Happy birthday buddy.

I cannot imagine what it is like to be born in 1934 – my father always has stories to tell and things he remembers.  As his youngest child, I’ve seen some of the things he’s gone through for more than half of his life.  He has done things his way with honor and integrity.  Happy birthday Daddy!