Weird/Random TriGuyJt Things
1. I met my bride on a blind date. She came over to my fraternity house with a few friends. I was such a idiot in those days. "Summon the women to my lair", I barked, or words to that affect, considering I was already hammered. The date went poorly. I tried the next year to go out with her. She finally agreed. We dated. She dumped me. I longed for her and even wrote her mother a letter expressing my love. What a sap!!! We eventually got back together. Got married in the summer of 76. I loved my beer in those days. Why she agreed to marry me is a mystery because every time I mentioned matrimony, I was drunk...which leads me to....
2. I don't drink. Quit about 25 years ago. I was one of those guys where one beer was too many and 30 were not enough. Life is cool without the fermented yeast killing my brain cells.
3. I grew up in Cleveland. Was a big sports fans. My real hero was my dad. He was a champion discus thrower. He is still my hero. My football hero was Jim Brown. Which makes for weird happenings every so often, because I interview him for my job as a sportscaster. As a sports fan, I witnessed the last Cleveland major championship. Browns 1964. The next one I witness will be as a professional. Came close a few times. My job affords me the chance to talk to many of the greats, past and present. Sometimes things go wacky. 1980 in Buffalo, I interviewed Muhammad Ali. On the air, I summed up his personality. "Muhammad Ali is an enigma"...
Many viewers thought I said something else. You can imagine the phone calls.
4. Have been a triathlete since 1985, but didn't get a wetsuit till 1998. Didn't get clipless pedals on my bike until 2000. My best discipline is swimming. Grew up on Lake Erie. Still live near it. As a kid, we used to raft waaaaaay out from shore..and I usually was one to swim to shore.
5. My best friend, Gordie went to BW. I went to Ashland. I visited Gordie alot. I was in a crazy fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi. Gordies fraternity at BW had as one of its members, the football coaches son. You might have heard of him. Jim Tressel, Ohio State Coach, whom I have known personally and obviously professionally since those college days. He calls me little "J.T." and refers to himself as the "Big J.T." When I started at Channel 8 in 1980, one of the first interviews I did was with the dying coach of BW football...yep..Jim's father, Lee Tressel. Lee died not long after.
6. Love to read all kinds of books. Not surprising. My Nana was a librarian. I love to go to schools and talk to kids about my love of reading. Euclid. Ohio's library is one of the best anywhere.
7. Family is huge to me. I live 12 blocks from my parents. I am the middle kid of 5 children. I feel blessed to have had grand parents who lived long lives. Two lived into their early 90's. One into the late 80"s. The bride and I have 3 kids..all grown up and gone...for the most part.
Alright, now the tagging. I tag these folks.
2. Tracies Tri-Adventures
4. Mr. Skin
I was told to mention some rules. 1. Link to the person who tagged you. Post the rules on your blog which is what I'm doing. Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog# Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.Finally, leave a comment on their blogs so that they know they have been tagged.
I apologize in advance. And finally, for those who curse the winter, I leave you with this picture, courtesy of a blogger I have just discovered. Give it up for Jahowie!!! Good night everybody.
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How about that. Winters' Number One!!!!