Trip ‘Around the Area’ leads to meeting many more great peopleIn my daily travels, I meet many outstanding people. Many times they are unsure of how to take my approach, but I love asking people how they are or to just begin a conversation. Some of the great people I have met recently make me smile, again, as I toil away at my computer.
The following is another “Have Fun or Get Out of the Way” column by award-winning Don Leighton and Mike Granlund and their alter egos, Lance Boyle and Billy Pirkola, which runs occasionally in The Superior Telegram.
In my daily travels, I meet many outstanding people. Many times they are unsure of how to take my approach, but I love asking people how they are or to just begin a conversation. Some of the great people I have met recently make me smile, again, as I toil away at my computer.
Just this past weekend, iFan webcast the 14-year-old Babe Ruth State Tournament from Mt. Simon Field in Eau Claire. IFan has been going to Eau Claire to cover the annual event for about seven years, and what a great time we have. We get to renew acquaintances and make new friends. Some of my favorite people I get to hang with each year are Babe Ruth President Mark Ryser (the “Saint”); Glen St. Arnault (more in a future article about this man and a book he has written), who has put in 55 years of coaching an d mentoring some really fine young men; Babe Ruth board members Gary Stang and Jeff Lindgren; and the Great One, Dayton Ekblad, who is known as Day.
Crack cameraman Dave Johnson and I were only able to be there on Saturday and Sunday, but there was great weather, great ballpark food, great rooms at the Plaza and great baseball. What a couple of wonderful days with my friend, Dave, as we solved all of the world problems during our travels. Now, if only someone would listen to us.
Speaking of iFan and tremendous people, Lance was at Dr. Robert Bukowski’s dental offices having conversation with Brenda Bukowski (who really makes the show go at 1301 Tower, just kidding Dr. Bob), when I “remet” a beautiful lady of 95 from Lake Nebagamon.
She lived a couple of houses away from my dad and me back in the 1970s. When she told me her name, great memories washed over me from 16 years in Shangri La. Ina Falk and her sister, Clara Karich, and I reminisced for about 10 minutes, blocking the hallway the entire time, when in walks a gentleman I hadn’t seen in a long, long time — Clara’s husband Herman “Gene” Karich.
When I was the janitor at the elementary school in Shangri La in the early 1970s, Gene was one of the regulars at the open gyms for basketball. It seemed like most of the town’s young, and older, men showed up for some epic battles. Brian Soland; Tracy, Dan, Karl, Randy and Stan Hildebrandt; Jay, Keith and Tom Anderson; Tommy, Billy and Mike Harvey; Jimmy Arnold; and Bruce, Billy and Larry Johnson were just some of the cagers.
Gene and Clara have four kids, Linda, Steve, Jimmy and Kathy, all who are living in Lake Nebagamon. Lance played softball with Linda’s husband, Billy, back in the late 1970s for President’s when we went to the nationals in Missouri. He was an outstanding left-handed outfielder who could fly around the bases.
From a chance meeting at Dr. Bob’s, I had one of the best days ever. When the Karich’s have a family reunion, Lance will bring his “world famous potato salad.”
During the 120-degree weather on Tuesday, I was in the parking lot of Walgreen’s. I was there to get a photo of former Buffalo Bill, Packer and father-in-law Alex Wizbicki reproduced. I met a beautiful lady from Superior, Sally Whalen, who was stocking up on bottled water. We worked together loading her trunk with the precious liquid and had some great conversation. Her smile and personality are infectious, and best of all, she reads this column. I love her to death, as I do all of our readers. Stay cool Sally, because you are a cool person. It was a pleasure meeting you.
Speaking of Walgreen’s, another beautiful young lady, photo specialist Valerie Livangood did all of the work running the evil machinery to fill my order. A scoop for all of you: she reads the column, on occasion, and enjoys it. I was impressed by her people skills, expertise with the equipment and zest for life. She will be a great success because she wants to be. Thank you for your assistance and keep working hard toward your goals. You will be a leader and driver of society.
I have so many more people and stories to talk about, including the Fourth of July soiree at Tony and Kay Coletta’s and the nice visit with many, like the Coletta kids, JoAnne, Cindy, Michael and Tony; Ed and Nancy Lynch from Phoenix; and Ed’s sons, Jarrod and Eddie, along with their families. More later on this day.
How about Trapper Dan? His story will be told along with Patrick and Sherry Messina. Patrick is the son of one of the all-time greats from Superior, the late John Messina.
Then there are Lakehead Constructors Inc. employees Trae Gehl from Frederic and Steve Levine, nephew of Lowell and Randy Levine, who are fellow graduates of Northwestern. Lowell and Lance were school mates at the same time, but Lowell is much, much older.
Then there is Justin Ford, the assistant manager at Hardee’s. And there are more little pieces of paper with names of some really nice people. I will make good on my promise to put them in an upcoming article.
Then there is the progress of my weight loss … #*@#!
Oops, I almost forgot. Don’t forget the Spartan/Grizzly’s/O’Neill’s street dance on July 27. The fourth annual event has plenty of stuff to do, great music, great food, great people and a great cause — all proceeds go to supporting Spartan academic and athletic teams.
The fun starts with a Zumbathon at 8 a.m. I should enter this to get back on the weight loss wagon, but 8 a.m. is pretty early. Cost for the street dance is $10. Be there or you’ll be sorry.
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