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May 9, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

Back a short time ago, I was very sick and thought I might die. That's when I started to reminisce, going back where we all came from.

One of my best buddies had to go and play the part that was horrible. Another close friend dropped out of high school and played an important part. Me, I was given the best part of them all.

Married a beautiful girl and, in my mind, built a home at the ultimate spot on our planet, and raised two boys. Today, the oldest lives just seven miles away while the youngest just 100 feet and my grandson, three miles with three great-grandchildren.

We have done a lot of water skiing, snow skiing, camping and hunting. My wife and I found an island a few hundred miles away. We love to go and bike around the island. In the winter, we hooked a ride across the ice on snowmobile and walked eight miles back to the mainland.

From the middle of the lake, a huge bridge, you could see remember the day I told my family, "Someday I would like to ride my bicycle from Grand Haven, Mich. to the big Mackinac Bridge."

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It was only 300 miles away. They thought I was crazy, but I made it at almost 80 years old. We tried to go to Florida in the winter but found there were too many old people there, so we came home and went up north snow skiing. Today, I spend most of my time studying nature.

Addendum: By the way, my best friends, Christ and Einstein, weren't as fortunate as me. Maybe the next time around, I won't be as fortunate. Keep in mind, we're told there's no going back. Every day is history and tomorrow a mystery.


Grand Haven



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