Spirit Magazine - August 2013 - (Page 22)
EvEn BEttEr than SkEEtErS
I love the incredibly positive energy of Spirit
and have been profoundly touched by a few
stories this year. Following
a hard business trip, “This
is the Greatest Sports Tale
Ever Told” [June 2013]
brought joyful tears to my
eyes and moved me to write to you. Writer
Brad Herzog had me from the first paragraph.
There are so many beautiful layers in this
story: personal motivation regardless of the
barriers; faith to trust someone else and to
value their wisdom; deep friendship; actions
surpassing words; kindness paid forward;
and the extraordinary happening when you
least expect it. Thank you for sharing this tale
and for reminding us that, in life, there are
opportunities at every turn.
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you may not be familiar with the story. even if you
are, the details are probably fuzzy. it happened
long before the age of twitter, before tv, even radio.
but we’ll just come out and say it:
by Brad Herzog
Illustration by Ben Kirchner
his month , 156 of the
world’s finest golfers will
converge on Merion Golf
Club in the Philadelphia suburb of
Ardmore. One of them—almost certainly a highly touted, exorbitantly
rewarded professional—will make
history by winning the United States
Open. Meanwhile, we will also be
celebrating history—the 100th anniversary of one of golf’s seminal
moments. Francis Ouimet’s 1913
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U.S. Open triumph at The Country
Club in Brookline, Massachusetts,
will be remembered as an epic feat,
a sport-altering event, a revelation.
It might also be described as the
“It reads like a fairy tale. It really
is hard to believe that it happened,”
says Hall of Fame golfer Curtis
Strange, who won the 1988 U.S.
Open at The Country Club 75 years
later. “It has the feel of a folk story or
a legend,” agrees author Mark Frost,
who wrote the definitive book on
the event, The Greatest Game Ever
Played, which became a Disney film
starring Shia LeBeouf in 2005. “It’s a
story that’s sprinkled with magic, all
of it true.”
What are the ingredients for the
ultimate American athletic tale?
Surely, there should be a dollop of
Horatio Alger, something reflecting our nation’s self-styled mythos
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sIlvEr sprINg, maryl aND
Thanks, Denice. The story’s so moving they made
a movie of it: The Greatest Game Ever Played.
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I fly every week for work, and it’s a
real treat the first of the month when
there’s a new edition of Spirit in the
seat pocket for me! Not only do I look
forward to Gary’s message and your
featured Star of the Month, but I also
LUV the little fun facts you always
include in The Numbers. Who knew
a raindrop can weigh 50 times as
much as a mosquito? But what I LUV
most are your stories about people.
Surely I can’t be the only Southwest
passenger that tears up while I read
your magazine. Brad Herzog’s “This
is the Greatest Sports Tale Ever
Told” was an amazing story to start
my workweek. Thank you for sharing such wonderful history about
the game of golf and an everlasting
friendship. I actually took the magazine with me so I can share it with
my children and friends.
— CINDy CHIK aHIs a
F U l l E r T O N , C a l I FO r N I a
You make us wish we were a weekly!
I really liked your article “Inhuman
Resources” [June 2013]. As an insurance broker, I make new contacts
almost every day. As such, I’m often
asked for help in making introductions to prospective employers,
many of whom insist job applicants
apply online. While I understand the
need to help screen the sometimes
thousands of résumés, one thing
is certain: Few of these applicants
make it to the next step without a
connection within the organization.
This was obvious in my daughter’s
recent experience getting a coveted
internship in Atlanta. She worked
her tail off talking with people who
know others in the organization.
Had she not made several personal
connections, she would not have that
internship. Personal connections
pay in just about everything we do!
That’s so true, Kevin. “Friend” is still
more than a verb.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - August 2013
Spirit Magazine - August 2013
Gary’s Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
From the Editor
Eat Drink Sleep
The Greatest Show on Turf
Your Adventure In Grand Rapids
Life Adventure In Grand Rapids
Rapid Rewards Partners
The “If” List
Spirit Magazine - August 2013