I wish I could tell you that I grew up fantasizing about sitting beside Walter Cronkite or Huntley and Brinkley on a news desk, but I can't.
Instead I was hoping to be sitting beside Johnny Bench or Brooks Robinson on a baseball dugout bench somewhere in the major leagues. Yep, baseball was my life for about my first 24 years. Okay, maybe not the first 2 or 3, but it was the 21 years that followed.
I won a full baseball scholarship to Brigham Young University where for a time we were the number one ranked team in the nation. I was drafted three different times as a catcher, before signing a contract with the Detroit Tigers. By that time Brooks and Johnny had retired but I thought I was moving in the right direction.
Well, after three years, the Tigers told me I was NOT moving in the right direction and the team "released" me. That's a nice term for getting fired. Time for a career change.
I went back to school, finished my degree in Journalism and have been working in this very competitive business since 1987.
It's given me the opportunity to travel to places I never would have been able to go and meet people with stories I never would have been able to hear.
Because I work evenings, my wife Michele is key to keeping things at home running like a well-oiled machine. I miss out on helping her provide taxi service to and from our kids' activities. And you know what, I DO miss it. So I go 100 miles an hour on the weekends trying to catch up.
Michele and I met in high school and have been married for more than 20 years. Our oldest son is 18 years old, and heading off to college. My 16-year-old daughter is figuring out the driving thing. My 12-year- old son is an absolute sports nut.
In our spare time, Michele and I golf together a lot. We've run a marathon together, too.
Our kids have now spent most of their lives here, we love it and hope to stay a long time.
I think this is the spot where I'm supposed to tell you what awards I've been nominated for and have won. Emmy's, Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press, I've got 'em. If you're interested in hearing about them, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, but I bet you're not.
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