In preparation for a presentation I will be making to celebrate fifty years of continues sobriety I have been making an in depth review of my life and I have come to the conclusion that I am one of the luckiest people in the world. I have been so blessed. I have survived. I was born July 5, 1929 and on Black Friday, October 29th, 1929 the stock market crashed and the depression followed. I swear I didn’t have a thing to do with it.
I survived four years in a Jesuit High School. I survived combat and came home from Korea with a Purple Heart. I survived alcoholism, marriage, parenthood, death of a daughter at six months, 9 years with my wife Ruth’s fighting cancer and losing; bachelorhood; years of rejection as an author; a couple of thousand live audiences; being mistaken for Andy Griffith for fifty years and now I am blessed with a wonderful wife, loving children, and step children and grand children and a treasury of great memories.
My walk down memory lane has been sometimes quite painful. There is some shame, remorse but the joy is overwhelming. Now the challenge is to make every day remaining a happy and joyous one.