Ya’ll remember a few days back I posted on Crap on a Crutch about the Air Force Lt Col that was being kicked out of the service simply because he was gay and how mad that attitude made me? Well, I dashed off a quick Letter to the Editor of the Dayton Daily News and it seems they actually published it. If you wish to read it (it’s certainly no Pulitzer Prize winning letter I assure you) go here. Were you aware that the Services have actually already kicked out around 12,000 of our men and women in the military for just this reason? Unacceptable. Whether you approve or disapprove of the lifestyle, the service to country must be acknowledged and appreciated or we are indeed doomed to forever dwell on the inconsequential.
It’s always fun to have your 15 minutes of fame. In my lifetime so far I’ve probably had about 6 and a half hours of fame in 15 minute increments. Some of it good; I literally ran into Ronald Reagan at the Pentagon once; just flat out came screaming around a corner and stumbled into he and his entourage – gave all of us a laugh fortunately; some of my moments of fame I’d rather the world didn’t know about. There was that little thing about Woodstock and my visit, but we won’t go into that right now… But that’s life – with fame sometimes the pictures show the double chin and sometimes you get Photoshopped.
Some years ago I had a regular correspondence going on with one of the staff writers at the Dayton Daily News who wrote a humorous column and wore the strangest little cap – like one of those Greek fisherman caps:
Anyway, I used to send little stories of what was going on in my life – much like my snippets from Crone and Bear It and sometimes he’d publish them and then my head would swell. He even took me to lunch one day and I was just thrilled. Then he left the newsworld and dropped off the face of the earth – I think he still might be here locally somewhere but I’ll have to look him up — what was his name? Leigh Alan? Leigh Allen? Leigh Allan? Good grief sometimes my memory just refuses to work. Well, I just looked him up and a Leigh Allan still lives here in the Dayton area – I left a voicemail – heaven only knows who I really called. Sure would be fun to talk to him again – he wrote some very funny columns during his time at the Dayton Daily News. Jeez Louize I hope I called the right guy…