My Life is a Great Adventure!
This morning at Daybreak Rotary I was the featured member for our weekly 'Daybreaker Spotlight' so for this week's news I am sharing a few episodes of my great adventure with you…
Episode #1… I was born with a hole in my heart that became a heart murmur by age 6. My brother John called it a 'heart moo moo' and he teased me constantly as a kid. It used to make me so mad until one day my dad said ‘just ignore him.’ So, I did and that made him mad, so much so that one day he trapped in the corner of the garage with a pitch fork threatening to put a new hole in my heart! It was right then and there, at the age of 10, that I learned how to sell.
Episode #3… After high school I couldn’t wait to get away from the mob and I enrolled at UNI as a music major. On September 11th, 1972, my first day of college, my brother John was killed in an auto accident so I went back home, missing my first two weeks of classes. It was tough, but yet an incredible time where our family really came together. Today we call it our own 9-11. While in college I painted houses and barns each summer with three college buddies. I loved my summers and I learned to love learning while in college.
Episode #4… Upon graduation with a broadcasting degree in hand I worked at Frank Magid (media research firm), as a Disco Jock (the ‘70’s Saturday Night Fever era), radio, a radio jingle company, newspaper and an ad agency. Then, my last ‘job’ was with MDA and the Jerry Lewis Telethon for 20 years. Honestly, I have loved every job I have had. Of course, I’m an eternal optimist, or as my wife calls me, an EO, a close cousin to ET, that short dude from another planet!
Episode #7… I joined Daybreak Rotary in 2006 because I wanted to do something more to make a difference, to help people outside of my business. I visited every Rotary club in town and when I came here, it was a fit. Life is an adventure to many of you in this club and I like the way we create opportunities to impact others in a very positive way. Just as being a coach allows me to help others so they don’t have to go through their challenges alone; we do the same as Daybreakers with the organizations, families and kids we serve. Being a Daybreaker is very rewarding.