Just some thoughts:
When I was a kid my dad had this one mechanic he always took his cars to.
Respectfully this mechanic, Colley, was always referred to as a “shade tree” mechanic. On occasion Colley would not be available and dad would take his car to another mechanic. One of the things I always noticed even as a kid when my dad would say Colley worked on his cars, regardless of who the other garage man was they would always speak so respectful of Colley. “Oh John, Colley is the best.” “If Colley can’t fix it it can’t be fixed.”Almost always praise came to Colley from others who worked, made their living doing the same thing he did, working on cars.
Sadly this week Hondo died. Hondo was John Havelicek. One time college and professional basketball player, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He suffered from Parkinson’s and died at age 79.
“For ten years, John Havlicek was toughest opponent in one of the biggest rivalries in the league. Night after night, he was the epitome of constant motion. He only needed half a step to beat me, which he usually did. He was the quintessential Celtic–unselfish and loyal.”
Quote from former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley and two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks. Well said Mr. Bradley, well said.
I have always felt the best compliment a person could receive was one that came from one’s peers. The person or persons who also was trying to do what you did regardless of the task. Whether it was a teacher, carpenter, flight attendant, mechanic or ball player. Someone from the same work taking note of what another did and often setting that one as the standard.
Interesting stat on Havlicek. He ranks third in all time scoring with the his team the Boston Celtics and in the top four and five in other team categories but never ranked first in any one category. That’s called a team player. I always felt he was more interested in his teams accomplishment that he was his own personal statistics or recognition.
A rare quality in this day and age in just about any profession.
April 28, 2019
Posted May 25, 2-19