In regard to Avalon Gulf Course, the politicians should get their heads together and try to save the beautiful course we've enjoyed for years.
Over the years, we had a group of 20 golfers who had season passes for both the Lakes and Avalon south courses. I hope they will keep the golf course for the young golfers to enjoy the course like we did.
This brings up memories when we were playing one day. On the back nine of the south course, a gentleman was cutting his grass in the backyard of his home along the 17th fairway when he had a heart attack.
Our group didn't know what to do, and being that I was the sales manager of C&K Beverage in Youngstown, I had taken a course in CPR. I tried to revive the gentleman until the fire department arrived, but he couldn't be revived.
That was a sad day for me. In my life, I tried to help wherever I could, just like when my two older brothers passed away and I brought one home from Arizona and the other from a Virginia hospital and buried them side-by-side in the Niles Cemetery.
As a teenager, I was growing up in a neighborhood of both black and white families, and us kids use to swim at the Buckeye Pond, where my friend drowned one day. This is the same pond that the accident happened a few months back, off Pine Street.
World War II was going on, and I was too young to get in the Navy, so I got involved in boxing. I won the Trumbull County Featherweight Championship and the lost the semi-finals in Youngstown.
Then I entered the Navy. I went to Normandy on Gun Boat 687 during D-Day, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. While in the Pacific I was on the ship LST 446. After Okinawa, I ended up in Japan and had a portrait painting done by a Japanese artist, which I still have today. My war stories are in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., by Ken Burns, The War.