I've also stored in my thoughts the day my two daughters were born and
how I felt on those glorious birthday mornings; having had the incredible
opportunity to raise and nurture them; the Newport Harbor High graduation
day when my daughter wrote the words and music to the commencement
When she sang it, I sipped the taste of salt streaming down my
embarrassed cheeks; and the pride I felt when my youngest won the Newport
Harbor "Coaches Award" for softball and the "Hardest Worker Award" for
These are just a few of my memories of the 1900s. As we approach the
millennium and a new century, we'll be faced with more progress,
inventions, triumphs, and tribulations; all that will convert into
In 1998, another event took place that brought me great personal joy.
I was given the nod to write a column on boating for the Daily Pilot's
I'll never forget how happy and honored I was to be able to combine
two things I love to do in one activity: to write and to talk about
boats. I've had a two-year run and I've enjoyed every minute of it.
It's now time for change and change is good. I too will change, other
than the obvious, such as my socks and underwear.
I will be banished from this sports page at the conclusion of this
column. From time to time, you might see my smiling face and chins upon
this page, but for the most part, I will no longer be found in this
section of sporting activities.
Some will cheer at the news of my untimely demise only to find out
that I've been moved to the news section of this daily, page 2 in fact.
You see there is more to boating than just sport. There are pleasure
boats, commercial boats, social yachting, yacht club activities and the
locals that make it all possible.
Hence, you'll find me on page 2 effective Jan. 10, every Monday morning.
Page 2 will provide the community with a "what's happening around the
harbor" type calendar of events, a feature story and will include my
intellectual and fascinating diatribe as well (ah hem!).
The sports section will continue to report on all boating and racing
events, placing a stronger emphasis in the area of boating for sport,
rather than pleasure.
So there you have it, a two-year stint of pecking on my computer,
writing about yachts, boats, races and additional nautical news.
It's been a wonderful and rewarding experience, for which I am
grateful. So if you would like to read my column in the future, please
refer to page 2, every Monday morning.
I hope you all have enjoyed my boating sports page column and I wish
you all a very safe and happy New Year. Thank you.