Well . . . yesterday was the inaugural of a new president. I watched quite a bit of the coverage on and off during the day and night. You know, sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.
Earlier this month, Jenna and I had the opportunity to visit Camp Courageous. We were getting some great, helpful information for Woodbridge Haven. I think I already mentioned that. What I forgot to tell you, was that Charlie Becker, the camp Executive Director, gave me some gifts.
When I was a very young girl, there was a local TV program--KENT FEEDS PRESENTS "LEO GRECO AND HIS PIONEERS". I think it came on every Sunday (?) evening. Leo and his band would perform a half-hour musical program. And my family would all gather around to watch it. I liked looking for Bruno, one of the band members. Well, one day (again when I was a young girl) sister Judy and I were in downtown Cedar Rapids. And who should be walking down the sidewalk but LEO GRECO! Oh my gosh! I was seeing my first celebrity in person! I wanted his autograph so badly, but Judy wouldn't let me get near him. She was afraid we would be bothering a local star. In hindsight, I'm sure he would have been happy to do it.
Flash forward, oh, say FIFTY years. While speaking with Charlie Becker in his office, I noticed that he had some photos on his wall of . . . guess who? . . . Leo Greco! Leo was a wonderful supporter of Camp Courageous. I mentioned to Charlie that I had pined for Leo's autograph when I was little. He immediately got up and found two autographed photos of the band, and a CD of two of the television shows! I immediately felt like that little farm girl who had wanted something so badly, and now I was holding it in my hands! I guess it's true when they say "never give up hope". It may have taken five decades, but my dream came true.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL