Today while I looking for something, I came across a few articles Dad had copied and sent to me. I have a file full of such correspondence. I wish I had kept all his letters - hindsight. I'm sure my dad sent such things to my brothers and sister, but I think he sent more to me, because I wrote back. And maybe because I was his favorite :) He kept my many of my letters and returned some of the funnier ones from when I was young. After Dad died, I found other letters of mine that he had kept. Damn, I really miss that man.
Anyway, I came across a copy of a Vince Lombardi quote. He must have sent me this while I was teaching in Questa, NM, because he made comments that were directed to my teaching there. He also commented, "Ol' Vince knew what he was talking about, too. I wish more modern parents and the Questa School Board would think more like him." The quality of the copy/printing was lousy so I looked for a copy of the quote online. I found bits and pieces of it, but not what I was looking for. So I am going to type it out for you - much like my dad often did on his old manual typewriter. He never went electric and would never have used a computer :)
- The test of this century is whether we mistake the growth of wealth and power for the growth of strength an character. We've weakened discipline and respect for authority and let freedom of the individual predominate. Before you can do what you want to do, before you can exist as an individual, the first thing you have to accept is duty. The second thing is respect for authority, and the third thing you must accomplish is to develop a strong mental discipline. We speak of freedom. Sometimes I think we confuse it with license. Everything is done to strengthen the rights of the individual, at the expense of responsibility to Church, State, and authority.
It is a good quote. Ol' Vince did know what he was talking about.