A few things to be thankful for
A Few Things to Be Thankful For
Solid family – wife Caroline and son Jonathan
All my siblings and a pretty elegant mother - Nancy
A coffee with Tony Turina
Listening to Geno Auriemma
Watching SportsCenter with my son Jonathan every morning
Saturday afternoons in the fall at Yale Bowl with my dad, brother and the gang
The words of Abraham Lincoln
Dave Post’s baseball passion
The excellence of Fred Williams
The excellence of Ansonia football
Arkeel Newsome juking and jving. And scoring one more time
Any morning at Patti’s Place in Thomaston
Doing radio at Disney World’s ESPN studios with Mr. Gaffney
Sunday conversations with Gene Martin, Scotty Wilson and the boys of the round table
The Litchfield Hills Road Race
The Village Restaurant
Dave Vigant’s shooting touch
The grit of Amy Matthews
Brian Anzellotti’s 49-point performance at Holy Cross
Watching Tony Hanson play basketball at Holy Cross
The friendliness of Ed Generali and Frank Lombardo
Talking with the late Pop Shortell at Ansonia
Tracy Stolle’s shooting touch
No. 56 Mr. L.T.
UConn winning national championships
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, Beach Boys and Elton John
Christmas mornings by the fire place with my mom, wife and son Jonathan before the crowd arrives.
Chip Hilton books
The writing of Hawthorne, Poe, Tom Clancy and David McCollough
The American spirit
Chris Samele’ scourage
The commitment of Doc McKenna and the service of Mike McKenna
The talent of teachers like Carol Wright, Laura Wolflein and D. John Long
Watching Dennis Fowler sink a shot to win a state championship for Terryville
Watching Matt Kalin sink a shot to win a state championship for Lewis Mills
Watching Christine Wallace sink a shot to win a state championship for Northwestern
Watching Nic Johnston hit a grand slam home run to win a state championship for Thomaston.
The sacrifices of those at Pearl Harbor, Omaha Beach and Gettysburg.
Watching Jonathan jump off a 25-foot rock on the north shore of Oahu.
Good friends in this business – Mr. Gaffney, Mike Barger, Peter Wallace, Steve Barlow, Mark Jaffe, Gerry De Simas, John Torsiello, Mike Chaiken….
Spending an hour with Connie Donahue
A cold, day, warm fireplace and a good book
Watching the Red Sox win with son Jonathan.
The friendliness of the late George Tirado
The mall in Washington D.C.
Talking baseball with Gregg Hunt
The accomplished Stolle family
Singing Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park
Friday night basketball
London and Paris and Scotland
A good golfing day
Winning a BL title ( few years ago).
A lot of good softball teammates from Skider’s Gym.
The football press box with R.J. Poniatoski.
In our over-extended lives, we tend to spend too much time talking and thinking about what we don’t have. Today is a day to think about what we do have. In this case it has been a marvelous journey to date.
So I say thank-you to one and all for all that has been, all that is, and all that will be.