Today is my dad’s birthday. If he were alive, he would be 89 years old. Sadly, he passed away at the young age of 48. He served in World War II honorably, enlisting when he was 17. Well, he lied about his age to go into the military, but for an honorable reason. He lived his life honorably, and as a band director, he taught many young people who still remember and revere him. How do I know? Because many have reached out to me over the years to share stories about how he influenced them. He took a personal interest in each child he taught and strived to help them achieve their potential. In some cases, he was the major positive influence in their lives.
In my years covering metal fabricating, I’ve seen others who remind me of my dad in how they relate to and care for the young people they teach and mentor. Welding instructor Marty Rice is one of them. (more...)