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21 years ago…

21 years ago…

The Vietnam War was a divisive time in our history. Protests were many, and rancor existed between those who supported the war and those who did not. That controversy continued as a movement began to create a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives to that war. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund was formed by a group of Vietnam veterans to create a symbol of recognition that separated the issue of service of the individual men and women from the issue of United States policy in Vietnam

July 1, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

37 years ago…

37 years ago…

I met Hugh playing golf. It seems I meet many of my ongoing friends playing golf. Playing 18 holes of golf with a man will tell you all you need to know about whether that person can be your friend. I knew we would become friends after a single round of golf

June 23, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

26 years ago…

26 years ago…

My 9-year-old son, Mark, and I have just departed Pompano Air Center heading for Walker’s Cay at the northern tip of the islands of The Bahamas. It will be a one and a half hour flight in perfect weather. It is a trip I have taken before, but this will be Mark’s first voyage to Walker’s, an island of 69 acres, 150 miles off the southeastern coast of Florida in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

June 9, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

55 years ago…

55 years ago…

My cousin Vernon is taking me to a Notre Dame football game. Vernon is my second cousin, whose father works for my dad’s company as its accountant. The families are friends, and Vernon is “the man” to me. He goes to Notre Dame, drives a car and has a smile on his face as he takes his younger cousin to a Notre Dame football game on a fall Saturday

May 20, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Thirty years ago…

Thirty years ago…

Wally is in my chair in Boca Raton, Fla., having some dental work completed. Once again he asks me to join him for lunch in Key West after his appointment. It is noon on Friday, and Wally is my last patient for the day. Key West is a five hour drive if there is no traffic and possibly more at this time of year. However, it is only a 40-minute flight from the Pompano Air Center where Wally has his single engine airplane based. He has been asking me to fly with him for months, and I have always declined

April 29, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

54 years ago…

54 years ago…

My father would check for any last-minute changes in scheduling before he dropped me off for work at the Van Aken job. He would then go on to the other job sites the company had, but he would return often to the Van Aken job throughout the day, as this was the largest and most complex job the company had. At the end of the workday, he would be there to pick me up

March 31, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

56 years ago…

56 years ago…

I get my golf clubs and my cloth bag of practice golf balls out of the Highland Park Golf Course office. I do my daily chores to ensure my continued good standing at the course. Then I walk to the field where I will practice hitting golf shots. I hit all the balls in my bag, pick them up, hit them again, pick them up again and so it goes for a couple hours

March 20, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Sixty years ago…

Sixty years ago…

Larry and Jimmy meet at the mailbox on the corner of Van Aiken Boulevard and Ashby Road in Shaker Heights, Ohio. They load the Cleveland Plain Dealer into their paper sacks, get on their bikes and deliver the morning paper to the residents on their paper route. The delivery of the papers must be completed before 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday. This is their routine

March 5, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »