Category Archives: Heroes

Those who have had a positive impact on humanity.

Banner Day for Team Guepard

Months ago, Gail Megaloudis Rongen – Chairman of the Board of the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation – and I decided to combine our energies and support a group of young men in Cité Soleil, Haiti who train 100 young boxers.  One … Continue reading

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Getting By with a Little Help from Our Friends

We always manage to get by with a little help from our friends … A small group of family and friends have joined me and Gail Megalouidis Rongen – Chairman of the Board of The Nicole Megaloudis Foundation – in helping Guepard … Continue reading

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Team Guepard

Speed is essential to boxing at any level.  The cheetah is specialized for speed.  It is the fastest land animal on the planet.  “Guepard” is Cheetah in Haitian Creole. My friend Gail Rongen and I met Jaru on the streets … Continue reading

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The Rocketeer

In 1974 or so, my good friend Honi “No Baloney” Garvin and I introduced hang gliding to Alaska.  We called our worthy craft the Kansas City Nightmare.  We were Cat Stevens fans and partial to the subtitle of the Cat’s … Continue reading

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017

Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The human race does not give proper attention and remembrance to ‘holocaust.’  If we did, the events would not repeat themselves with such regrettable regularity. On this day, we are called to … Continue reading

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Honor Peace Heroes

A Day to honor peace heroes …

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Honoring Dr. King

I approach Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the same reverence I do Christmas and Easter.  In recent years, I have come to call it Peace Hero Day, because as I think of Dr. King, I think of other peace … Continue reading

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Gino

I was initially drawn to Bartali because his first name is Gino. My brother’s high school friend Bill Thomas first called me ‘Geno’ in 1964.  “It’s easier for fans to cheer a two-syllable name at basketball games,” he matter-of-factly explained.  … Continue reading

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Beyond Private Ryan

As I try to understand the world we live in, I learn these words from the Talmud, the central text of Rabbinic Judaism, “It was for this reason that man was first created as one person [Adam], to teach you … Continue reading

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Is God Sending You to Someone in Need?

Many years ago, I discovered a website produced by the Jesuits of Britain.  In my Father’s last months, I made a habit of waking him every morning with the daily “Pray As You Go” meditation.  After he passed, I continued … Continue reading

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