First blog post – FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS Carpe Diem

This is the post excerpt.


My first post is actually a thank you note to my new friend, Don of Austin, TX, for many Blessings.  Yes, indeed, “BOYS WILL BE BOYS – SO WILL A FEW OLD MEN”.  Thank you so much to Don Forrester (see Carpe Diem Finding the Adventure in the Commonplace @ https://lifeblogcarpediem.wordpress.com/) for the 2 unique books that arrived yesterday.  “BITTER or BETTER” (Please visit this site @ http://donforrester.tateauthor.com/about-the-author/)  and “MORE than ENOUGH” (see https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=9781680283228) will soon be read with honor and endearment and will forever have a special place in my memorial library.  What a surprise this was and even more of a surprise that I too have been “obviously oblivious” (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) to how much we have in common.   Besides the obvious, I too have an attraction to the many facets of “Carpe Diem”.  Brother Ron was an immediate friend when he arrived in Namphong, Thailand in 1972, and I made sure his bunk was next to mine.  Together we built a “man cave” attachment to our 8-man hooch that was made out of scrapped surplus lumber that the Navy Seabees had left over.  I asked Seabees for any left overs such as tools, nails, etc. and we built the first “hooch annex” which ultimately became our “family room and card room.  I wish I could find my progress photos of that event in my decade of slides.  That man cave became “Ron’s Poker Palace” and I learned he was not only playing for real money but he also was keeping track of his winnings and losses in a little black book.

Now fast forward 44 years and I learn that you are also Don Forrester, Baptist minister of Henly Baptist Church, Henly, TX.  (see http://www.henlybaptistchurch.org/home.html)  Wow.  And my best friend is Pastor Burl Jernigan, minister of the Girard First Baptist Church, a church founded in my home town of Girard, Ohio in a building that was built in 1903 as the home of the Welch Baptist Church of the village of Girard.  One of the items on my “To Do List” is to write the history of all of the churches in Girard.  Girard First Baptist website, http://www.fbcgirard.com/ where I am a co-editor of our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Girard-First-Baptist-Church-185560664845160/ but most coincidental is that I also have created a monthly Girard FBC Facebook Calendar, https://www.facebook.com/Girard-OH-First-Baptist-Church-Monthly-Schedule-1462003677405901/.  In addition, I change the outdoors bulletin board weekly with the Sunday morning sermon message, serve as long time trustee and most recently joined the choir.  And my “General” is the Baptist Chancel & Bell choir director, the love of my life, Sally Jane (Syak) Williams, who has been my dearest friend and classmate since 1st grade.  Her grandparents helped start the Girard First Baptist and like Henly Baptist, Girard FBC has babies being christened, youth being baptized, choir members being given certificates for 70 years of continuous membership in a Baptist choir, and also too often, memorial services for 90-something long time member of Girard FBC.

What a “Carpe Diem” event it was when I saw a solemn picture of a young women bent over a memorial tombstone of her father, Ronald Wayne Forrester, USMCR, MIA, on a Facebook Group, “Veterans of Namphong”, late in the night of December 27, 2013.  Karoni and I first met via Facebook comments for a while, then IM’s and later that early morning of December 28th we talked on the phone for a few hours until it was daybreak in Ohio at about 6:00 AM.  It’s been like that ever since and we’ve often talked, mainly on Facebook, about the “Texas Vietnam Memorial”, the “Run to the Wall”, her Daddy, Marshall Price, another MIA B/N hooch mate and common good friend of Ron and me.  Only recently did I provide Karoni with the results of my research of the A6 ejection seat and the emergency locator beeper system as she continues to search for the remains of her father Grumman A6 Intruder. Missing in action since December 27, 1972

And most recently, I have become a Facebook friend of you, Don and Craig.  Carpe Diem again.  I really could write this blog post all day long, but sometimes “less is more”, right?  Many of my old classmates from high School and my neighborhood in Girard, Ohio are aghast (I like that word but don’t get to use it much) when I tell them the best part of being on Facebook is meeting a Facebook Friend in person.  Ha, Ha.  Did you know my favorite “little” BIG airport in TX is EDC, Austin Executive Airport, (See http://vfrmap.com/?type=vfrc&lat=30.397&lon=-97.566&zoom=10), which is only 21 hours by car and 1400 miles from Girard, Ohio, (www.cirtyofgirard.com) the Heart of the Mahoney Valley, through which you must drive to get from NYC to SFO via I-80.  Therefore, whoever comes to visit the other first WINS.  Perhaps we can join up on one of your trips to DC for an adventure of our own.  (See for January 5, 2017 entitled “BOYS WILL BE BOYS – SO WILL A FEW OLD MEN” @ https://lifeblogcarpediem.wordpress.com/  )

Now my next task is to get my first “blog” contribution posted on my new blog.  So much to do, so little time to do it.  Youth is wasted on the young.  Well after a little bit of work in-between some phone calls about buying an aircraft for a student pilot to learn how to fly, I’m happy and pleased with myself to report that my new blog at Word Press is started.  Stay tune for future improvements.  Please visit and comment on my new blog at https://followyourdreamscarpediem.wordpress.com

Carpe Diem, Semper Fi & all my best,

Bob Williams

Girard, OH  44420 – The Heart of the Valley
ghsalumnigroup@aol.com / 330/545-6477





(Continued from February 28, 2017)

My full name is ROBERT LEWIS WILLIAMS.  I was born in North Side Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio, USA on February 20, 1946.  Today North Side Hospital on Gypsy Lane looks very unlike it did when this picture below was taken in the 1950’s. This building was constructed in the 1920’s.  Since the late 1980’s, several new buildings have been constructed in front of this facade.  Originally part of the Youngstown Hospital Association along with South Side Hospital, both were later part of the Western Reserve Health System. Then later they were bought and North Side Hospital became part of the Forum Health Partners.

North Side Hospital circa 1950

North Side Hospital Youngstown, Ohio circa 1950

My name “Robert” aka Bob, comes from my cousin on my father’s side, Robert, or Bobby, Brock.  My folks always called me Robert and rarely growing up was I ever referred to as Bob, except by my Aunt Margaret Brock and her family.  My middle name of “Lewis” is my father’s first name.  My father’s full name is Lewis John Williams, born January 7, 1911 and my mother is Marion Blanche Crider, born March 7, 1911.  They were sweethearts in high school,  both were born and raised in Girard and graduated from the 3rd school in Girard, the 2nd high school, at 31 N. Ward Avenue in 1929.  Their class also has the distinction of having been the first graduating class year to attend all grades from 8 through 12 in the new school facility that was constructed in 1923.   The pictures below of my parents are their graduation pictures from the 1929 Girard High school year book, “The Reflector.”

Marion B. Crider & Lewis J. Williams – 1929

GHS '29 - Marion & Lewis Williams (2016_06_04 00_08_59 UTC)

Marion B. & Lewis J. Williams (circa 1975)

The picture above of my parents is probably when they were in their mid-60s for the Girard First United Methodist Church member directory.  And here’s the most significant thing about my birth that my mother told me years ago that I still remember very distinctly today over everything else.  In honor of my birth, my father’s first son, he bought a brand new car and here’s what I imagine it looked like back in February 1946:

1946 Hudson 4-door Sedan 

1946 Hubson 4-door Sedan1946 Hudson interior

See “A Picture Review of the Hudson from 1909 to 1949” http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/AmericanMotors/Hudson.html

1946 Hudson ad wity 2-tone blue car & lady in front

The first home I lived in was in Girard, a suburb of Youngstown, on the North side, just a short distance up from Rt 422, State Street, at 18 Browns Court off Smithsonian Street, behind what is now the Girard Historical Society’s Barnhisel House.  Browns Court is still there and looks much like it did in 1946, a very short street with just 6 small houses on it, 3 on each side.  I lived in the middle house on the left side until I was 2 years old.  Then we moved in 1948 to 445 East Broadway, a 4 bedroom, 1707 SF single family home with a 2 car detached garage.  Now the 1946 Hudson could be stored safety out of the weather.  I loved that Hudson and dreamed of the day that I could drive it.  It was the most modern machine I had ever seen with special push button “piano key” switches for all the electrical equipment plus it had a side spot light on the driver’s side that I played with every chance I got.  You can even see that spot light in the photo of the 1946 Hudson interior above.  I spent hours day dreaming about driving adventures in that Hudson.  This is when I developed a special interest in cars.

18 Browns Court – My first home

18 Browns Court, Girard, OH 44420


This first photo above is the small white and grey 2-bedroom home at 18 Browns Court. It was only 847 sq Ft and built in 1919.  There I resided with my parents and my older sister, Mary Lou, named after my mother, Marion, and my father Lewis.  Mary Lou, or LuLu Belle, as we used to call her, was born January 22, 1944.  She now lives in Benton, KS with her husband Garvin McDaniels.  See details https://www.homesnap.com/OH/Girard/18-Browns-Court

The 2nd house I lived in was 445 E. Broadway, built in 1928, where we lived when my younger sister, Marilyn Elizabeth was born on September 3, 1949.  I guess she is the reason we moved from Browns Court so that we all had our own bedroom growing up at 445 E. Broadway.  However, my mother used to tell me that after I was born at 10 lbs, 7 oz, and said she did not plan on having any more kids.  Marilyn was named by Mary Lou amd me after Marinor and Carolyn Mieding, our neighbor at the corner of Broadway and Highland to the left of the Meusurs.   Her middle name comes from my paternal grandmother, Margaret Elizabeth Williams who lived on East Main Street just below the 31 Ward Avenue high school, which is where my dad lived too as a youth.  Marilyn now lives in Sun City, FL.

That big Oak tree in the front yard in the pictures below grew from an acorn when I was a very young boy.  I encouraged my dad to leave the tree and cut down the lilac bush in which the oak tree had started growing because I wanted a big tree in the front yard.  The acorn had come from the Oak tree in the front yard of our neighbor. The Walter Meusur Family, whose son, Charles L. , GHS ’53, was a good friend and significant influence on my life.  He gave me my interest in working on detailing cars, working outdoors, my interest in trees as well as “planted the seed” for me to start dating my future wife, Sally Syak.  But more on that later in my life story.  The Meusur’s house was to the left as you face 445 E. Broadway.  You can also see the 2 car garage in the back of my house.  Notice the driveway is the original drive with a grass strip in the middle since it originally was designed when we had the Model T Ford.  This house is now for sale for about the 3rd time since my folks sold it back in the early 1990s.  See details @ https://www.homesnap.com/OH/Girard/445-E-Broadway-Avenue and the real estate agent’s “Virtual Tour” http://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/neoh/3802286

445 East Broadway  – Lived  here starting in 1948



Memories of my childhood are now very hazy. I remember only small moments that my mother kept alive over the years.  But most memories have been forgotten in my subconscious.  I wish I could remember more but I now think of them all gloriously “scrubbed out, thrown away in overzealous spring cleanings, carelessly tipped away.”  I read this recently in another book and thought it befitted me.  My earliest original memory is as a five or six-year-old going to church in time for Sunday school with my maternal grandfather, Henry Crider, who lived at 515 Joan Place, a few blocks away from us.  I remember Grandpa Crider arriving at about 9:00 AM on Sunday morning and sitting in the kitchen waiting for us all to get ready so he could get my 2 sisters, Mary Lou and Marilyn, as well as me to church on time for Sunday School and the opening gathering at 9:30 AM.  I remember that this became a regular event every Sunday.

My mother also reminded me of the time that I was walking with my parents in downtown Girard and we came upon the minister of our church, the Girard First United Methodist Church. where my grandpa Crider was a deacon and charter member.  I exclaimed with this greeting, “Hi God”.  My mother said she was so embarrassed, but the minister said that this was just logical and fine for me to do.  He pointed out that he started each Sunday morning service with this greeting “Welcome to God’s House” so he felt it made sense for me to say this thinking that he was God.  It pleases me that my first memories are one of God, although of course I was announcing it in an entirely misunderstood concept.  But more about that later.

Girard First United Methodist Church

Girard First United Methodist Church (2016_06_04 00_08_59 UTC)

Another memory comes also from my mother’s recollection of a time a little later in my life.  She told me about the mother of one of my classmates, Mary Lu Griffith, who lived a few doors up the street on Broadway,  Mary Lu along with her younger brother Walter, and I played together while growing up.  One day while playing together along with visiting cousin, the cousin hit me in the face with a garden rake and almost poked my eye out.  I was bleeding and ran home for first aid.  Later on when we were in Kindergarten together, it turned out Mary Lu was afraid of the “night crawler” worms that came out on the sidewalks every time it rained.  Therefore, our teacher insisted that I hold Mary Lu’s hand and walk her home from North Avenue School.  And then a few years later, Mrs. Griffith called my mother to complain about my pulling Mary Lu’s buttons off her winter coat and that she wanted my mother to get me Mary Lu alone.  As a result, my mother then instructed me to leave Mary Lu alone.  But my mother would later remark about the fact that she bet in a few shorts years later, Mary Lu would be wanting me to ask her out on a date.  And true to her theory, I asked Mary Lu to go to Girard High’s Homecoming Dance in 8th grade.  But I’m getting way ahead of myself.

Girard, Greetings (2016_06_04 00_08_59 UTC)

~ The Bob Williams Adventure ~                                                                               (To be continued)






The Serenity Prayer is now on my mind ever since my new friend and mentor, Don Forrester, planted the seed in his Friday, February 24th blogpost entitled Do You Ever Pray The Serenity Prayer?   The prayer begins: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference”.  I now put this prayer to practical application as I seek to perfect the last part of this wise old prayer, namely “wisdom to know the difference” 

I woke up on the morning of February 24th at about 2:15 AM after only being in bed a few hours with a compelling thought to write.  So for starters, since no one has written any comments yet to this week’s blog, I made my own comments to my blog post to see if I can get something started.  I’m also wondering if anyone even reads my blogposts or knows that I expect them to “like” it or also make comments accordingly.

I must point out something most important to me right now.  I picked this week’s blogpost title because that is what Life is all about.  Life is the pursuit of perfection through practice.  That is why doctors, lawyers, musicians and all professionals say they are in the practice of, for example, medicine, the law, music or engineering.  The most important thing I can practice is following the word of God and His son Jesus Christ.  Yes, it is true, I am a practicing Christian, a “work in progress”, a humble servant of God always striving to hear His word and spread His Good News of His Son’s gift to all Christians of God’s forgiveness and His promise of eternal life in Heaven

Vice President Pence said it best for me on the night of February 23, 2017 at PAC 2017, the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, MD.  This is when the 48th Vice President of the United States of America, Michael Richard “Mike” Pence, reminded us ALL of who we are as Americans and that we can NEVER give up the fight for what is right. There was one point in his speech that was especially powerful when Mike Pence shared a personal moment from when he took his oath of office. When he swore on the Bible, he opened up the book to the very same verse that President Reagan did in 1981. Mike Pence read the verse to the crowd and silenced the entire room.

And then Vice President Mike Pence said in his speech, “If His people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray, he will do like he has always done, he will hear from heaven and He will HEAL THIS LAND.” ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14  “This one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all!” Pence added. ~ See reference source @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7usiD8eGQ


This brings me to the purpose of this post.  I have been writing and publishing my short stories for about a year now ever since a good friend, Mike Kolic who is now deceased, encouraged me to write.  I knew of Mike for years, but I only met him in person a few years ago in 2014, but because of Mike I started writing for a local weekly newspaper entitled “The Review Newspapers”.  I first wrote in Mike’s absence in “Kolic’s Korner” about the sports action in Girard High School.  This was only for about 2 issues and then at Mike’s suggestion, I restarted an old article that Mike once wrote entitled “Where Are They Now?” about Girard High sports stars and their life after high school.  Since then I’ve only written about two graduates but have tried to approach it so that the family element of their lives figures into this news article.  In fact my most recent news release was first presented as my January 27, 2017 blogpost entitled “The Dream Adventure Keep’n On” which was Part 2 of my original news release on this particular GHS alumni family from Part 1 in February 2016.  But now I’m working on the 3rd GHS graduate and will publish the next issue of “Where Are They Now” in March. ~ See more at the below 2 direct reference sources @ (1) https://followyourdreamscarpediem.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/the-dream-adventure-keepn-on/ & (2) http://thereviewnewspapers.com/

I am now taking the next step in the “practice” of perfecting the art of the written word and beginning to write my autobiography.  Who else is more qualified to do it?  This week’s blogpost constitutes the “Preface” of my story.  The next step is to continue from here with my autobiography.  The most important thing is the title, which is the same as the title of this blogpost, “PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT” which comes from part of a quote by Football’s greatest Coach Vince Lombardi.

I woke up from a sound sleep thinking about this subject very intensely.  Life is what happens after you’ve made other plans.  But “Life” is like a game of sports be it basketball, football, baseball or even golf.  It’s confined to the rules of the game, to a certain time period, a specific space and separated by distinct time frames, such as periods in basketball, quarters in football, innings in baseball or holes in the game of golf.  Henceforth, I shall present in various chapters my life details of my personal experiences during my now 71 years of life on earth.  .

Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen, prepare for takeoff..  First stop, February 20, 1946, the date of my birth.


To be continued


This want ad was posted in the local newspaper back in the mid-1800s.

POSITION AVAILABLE:  Telegraph Operator – Apply in person at 9:00 AM sharp at AT&T Employment Office 

Due to the circumstances then, many people were looking for work.  Therefore a large number of people had gathered in the waiting room of the AT&T employment office.  By 9:00 AM it had become quite noisy what with all the telegraph machines going full speed and all the unemployed workings sitting waiting to be interviewed.  The last person to arrive after a short time standing waiting for a seat, suddenly walked into the inner office and then door the closed.  A few minutes later the hiring office came out and informed the group of people waiting that the position was now filled and thanked them all for coming.

One person in particular voiced his displeasure and pointed out that he had been first to arrive and the person that had just entered the office was the last to arrive.  It was not fair that he, nor the rest waiting, did not get even interviewed.  With that, the hiring officer pointed out that the telegraph machine sending out Morse Code had been sending the same message for the past 15 minutes:




Telegraph Sounder

THE REST OF THE STORY:  Commercial Telegraphy, the predecessor to Email

An electrical telegraph was independently developed and patented in the United States in 1837 by Samual Morse.  His assistant, Alfred Vail, developed the Morse Code signaling alphabet with Morse. The first telegram in the United States was sent by Morse on 11 January 1838, across two miles (3 km) of wire at Speedwell Ironworks near Morristown, New Jersey, although it was only later, in 1844, that he sent the message “WHAT HAS GOD WROUGHT” from the Capitol in Washington to the old Mt. Clare Depot in Baltimore. From then on, commercial telegraphy took off in America with lines linking all the major metropolitan centers on the East Coast within the next decade. The overland telegraph connected the west coast of the continent to the east coast by 24 October 1861, bringing an end to the Pony Express.

Here are 2 YouTube videos demonstrating the sound of Morse Code, how it works and how to send Morse Code over a telegraph machine:  (1)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lki3jxNLVCI    &  (2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsDk5_bktFo


Do you hear Jesus’ message?  Do you hear the word of God, understand it and fellow His instructions?

The Bible scripture has always placed a premium on hearing God’s voice.  In fact, the great command from God through Moses began with the words “Hear, O Israel:  the Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:14)  In the New Testament each of the seven churches in Revelation is addressed in the same manner”  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”  How long has it been since you had your hearing checked?  When God speaks to you, what is the result?  How well do you hear God?  “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror.”  (James 1:23)

MORAL OF THIS STORY:  Hear God and do what he tells us to do.  God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses tom leave you just the way you are.  A heart like Jesus, one that listens and acts according to the call of the Father is when God desires in you and me.  Anything less is a heart that has been deceived.


For learning Morse code it is recommended to use this reference, (see http://morsecode.scphillips.com/morse.html) but if you like, the dots and dashes are available too as shown above:

Carpe Diem,


SECRET OF LIFE: Make Every Day Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Week Sunday’s sermon at Girard First Baptist Church, Girard, Ohio was “Who Do You Love”.  Needless to say, I was most inspired and exhilarated by this wonderful sermon by Pastor Burl Jernigan.  The beginning of his message was that everyday should be like Valentine’s Day.  And there lies the purpose of this blogpost.  In addition, Pastor Burl sang a “special” music piece for us in honor of Valentine’s Day, “No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus”.


Here are those momentous lyrics:

“No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus”

I would love to tell you
What I think of Jesus
Since I found in Him a friend
So strong and true
I would tell you
How He changed my life completely
He did something
That no other friend could do

No one ever cared for me like Jesus
There’s no other friend so kind as He
No one else could take the sin
And darkness from me
O how much He cares for me

Ev’ry day He comes to me
With new assurance
More and more
I understand His Words of Love
But I’ll never know just
Why He came to save me
Till someday I see His blessed face above.

No one ever cared for me like Jesus
There’s no other friend so kind as He
No one else could take the sin
And darkness from me
O how much He cares
O how much He cares
O how much He cares for me

Please watch this video by Jimmy Swaggart: 

“No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus” 



Make every day all about love.  This is called “Christian Love” and can best be described as presented by Christ’s Commandment.  And the heart of Christian love is this:  Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).  John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, once wrote, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren.  He who does not love his brother abides in death” (1 John 3:14).  And “by this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:2-3).


The Bible tells in 3 difference Gospels about God’s message in His Great Commandment:

1. Gospel of Matthew 22: 34 – 40

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

2. Gospel of Mark 12: 28 – 31

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.”

3.  Gospel of Luke 10: 25-28

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? How readest thou?  27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

The 1st Commandment is love God.  And the 2nd is love your neighbor, or specifically everyone else.  The reason to make every day Valentine’s day is that it the greatest gift we can give to God.  We should serve god with all our heart and spread His Good News.  His challenge to us is to live the Christian Life.  The Lord is our Life.

John 3:16

And the Bible gives us God’s “GOOD NEWS ”message to us:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”



When did we start celebrating Valentine’s Day?

It started circa 270 BC during the days of the Roman Empire with St. Valentine.  Most scholars believe that St. Valentine was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270.  At this stage, the factual ends and the mythic begins.  According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers.  Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies but was eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer.  Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.” Probably the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not focused on Eros (passionate love) but on agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

The noblest form of love, however, was agape.  William Barclay, in his superb discussion of this word, noted:  Agape has to do with the mind: it is not simply an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live   It is the kind of love that we must have for all men — even our enemies (Matthew 5:44). The Christian must always act out of love, i.e., in the best interest of his fellow human beings.  (1 Corinthians 13 — The “Love” Chapter).  Unquestionably, the most exhaustive treatment of what this kind of love involves is found in 1 Corinthians 13.  Within this context, the inspired apostle gives more than a dozen descriptions which regulate the operation of “agape” love.  And what a challenge they are. To study them carefully is to come to the rude awakening of how far we fall short of measuring up to the divine ideal of concern for others. The following is the sacred text as it appears in the English Standard Version.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends” (1 Cor. 13:4-8a).

It was not until the 14th century that this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love.  According to UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of “Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine”, it was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.  In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England’s Richard and Anne of Bohenia.  As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are linked:

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day,                                                                  When every fowl cometh there to choose his mate.”

Over the centuries, the holiday evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging handmade cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England.  Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies.  The tradition of Valentine’s cards did not become widespread in the United States, however, until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, a Mount Holyoke graduate and native of Worcester, Mass., began mass producing them. Today, of course, the holiday has become a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are valentines.

Let’s all pray to our Father God to help us love Him more and also love our neighbor more.  Let’s make every day Valentine’s Day from now on.

Follow your Dreams – Carpe Diem,



PS:  EXTRA BONUS – Just for you because I love you

Ways to Make Every Day Valentine’s Day

Looking for new and creative ways to show your spouse you care? You don’t have to save romance just for February 14 – make every day Valentine’s Day! Here are 25 ways to say, “I love you” all year long.

  1. Take your spouse breakfast in bed.
  2. Leave notes of encouragement around the house or office where your spouse she’ll find them throughout the day.
  3. Help spouse do chores he dreads, such as yard work.
  4. Tell spouse how much you appreciate them – often and in front of others.
  5. Hold hands.
  6. Create a special dinner with all the favorite foods.
  7. Kidnap spouse from work and take to their favorite restaurant or to the park for a picnic.
  8. Pray for your spouse every day.
  9. Take time to listen – really listen.
  10. Create a small scrapbook of your favorite memories together. Include a photo or two from each occasion, and write a few sentences about what you remember.
  11. Write 25 reasons you love your mate on separate slips of paper. Put them in a piñata and let spouse open it.
  12. Each time you think of one criticism of your mate, offer four compliments instead.
  13. Participate in one of your spouse’ favorite things. Treat your spouse to a hockey game or go golfing together.
  14. Leave a voice-mail message at work the next morning.
  15. Budget for a weekend away at least twice a year.
  16. Initiate a conversation about something other than the kids, work, or schedules. When you feel tempted to complain, don’t.
  17. Take a ride together. Get in the car, put in a CD of music that brings back good memories, and talk.
  18. Give your spouse a manicure.
  19. Have a warm towel ready when your mate gets out of the shower on a cold morning.
  20. Create a personalized calendar for your spouse. Write in date nights. Include encouraging notes on different days throughout the year.
  21. Laugh together.
  22. Play 20 questions. Learn new things about each other.
  23. Tell your spouse every day one reason you love them.
  24. Have a hot bubble bath ready after a long day. Light candles and play your spouse’s favorite CDs.
  25. Do something new together – have fun making memories.


  1. Christian Love: http://www.allaboutgod.com/christian-love.htm
  2. Great Commandment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
  3. Valentine’s Day History: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/valentinesdayhistory.html
  4. The Challenge of “Agape” by Wayne Jackson – https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/78-challenge-of-agape-love-the
  5. Ways to Make Every Day Valentine’s Dayhttp://www.lifeway.com/Article/marriage-relationships-love-Ways-to-make-every-day-Valentines-Day



From a Speech of John Scolinos in 1996 as reported in “Baseball Thoughts – STAY AT 17 INCHES” by Chris Sperry, Baseball/Life, LLC


In  Nashville , Tennessee , during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA’s convention.

While Chris Sperry waited in line to register with the hotel staff, he heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.”


Who is John Scolinos?

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.

Seriously, who is this guy?, wondered  Chris Sperry.

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage. Then, finally …“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible. Chris Sperry laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.” Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?”

After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question than answer.

“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth’s day? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house? “Another long pause.

“Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.

“That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear.

“How wide is home plate in high school baseball?” 

“Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.

“You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”

“Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison. ”

“Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?”…………”Seventeen inches!”

“RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?

“Seventeen Inches!”17-inches-home-plate

“SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.

“What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches.  We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.'” Pause.

“Coaches..” pause, “… what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the rules to fit him? Do we widen home plate?” The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold.

He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”

Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag. “This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”

Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves!  And we allow it.”

“And the same is true with our government. Our so-called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves.  They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries. They no longer serve us. And we allow them to widen home plate and we see our country falling into a dark abyss while we watch.”

Chris Sperry was amazed. At a baseball convention where attendees expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, they had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, Chris Sperry had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. Everyone has to hold themselves and others accountable to that which he knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”

With that, Coach Scolinos held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “… dark days ahead.”

Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at his first ABCA convention kept Chris Sperry returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. Coach Scolinos was the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach.  His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.”

Here’s how to fix what’s wrong with our country today.  “Don’t widen the plate.”

Bob Williams’ Notes to Readers:

PLEASE SEND THIS:  To every School, Church, Government Agency, Parent & Grandparent in the U.S. before it is “TOO LATE” to save our Country & our Society.  



John Harry Scolinos (March 28, 1918 – November 7,2009)  Born in Los Angeles, was a Hall of Fame College Baseball Head coach at Pepperdine University from 1946 to 1960 and California State Polytechnic University Pomona from 1962 to 1991.  He died at age 91 in November 2009.

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COACHING CAREER:  Scolinos totaled 1,198 victories. While coaching Cal Poly Pomona, he won Division II national championships in 1976, 1980 and 1983, along with six California community College Athletic Association championships and was named Division II coach of the year three times.  He was inducted into the American Association of Collegiate Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1974.

OLYMPICS:  Scolinos was the pitching coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic Baseball team which finished second behind Japan which defeated them 6-3 in the final game.[1] –


1.. Jump up^ “John Scolinos dies at 91; Cal Poly Pomona baseball coach”. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-05-18.  

2  HE’S JUST AN OLD-FASHIONED KIND OF COACH : For John Scolinos, It’s How You Play the Game That’s Important May 12, 1987|TRACY DODDS | Times Staff Writer – http://articles.latimes.com/1987-05-12/sports/sp-7530_1_john-scolinos


Chris Sperry wrote this article after hearing a speech by a famous baseball coach John Scolinos.  Scolinos was a famous baseball coach who a lot of people respected. He had a powerful message to deliver at a baseball convention, and he used home plate to illustrate his point. Just click this link and check this moving story         (http://www.sperrybaseballlife.com/stay-at-17-inches/ ) .

Chris Sperry is a baseball consultant who develops players and amateur coaches, assists professional scouts, and counsels families of prospective college-bound student-athletes. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Portland, the same institution at which he served as head baseball coach for 18 years. His key interests are in player and personal development as they pertain to a life in and beyond sports.


CURE FOR CANCER: Dr. Royal Rife Electromagnetic Radio Frequency Therapy


During a recent sermon at church in my home town of Girard, Ohio, the guest minister said if you knew a cure for cancer would you want to tell everyone you could.  The answer is a resounding YES, I would.  And like God’s “Good News” of His son Jesus Christ and His salvation to all believers of Him, this indeed is my motivation to share my story with everyone who needs to know or seeks more information about this cure for cancer.

I am a prostate cancer survivor.  I was exposed to Agent Orange while in Vietnam and especially while stationed at the Royal Thai Air Base, aka Marine Corps Air Station, “The Rose Garden”, Nam Phong, Thailand. (See References No.1 & No. 2)  Agent Orange was used at Nam Phong to quickly clear vegetation from the jungles so that the U.S. Marine Corps could build up a remote airbase and conduct aerial bombing and close air support for the ongoing Vietnam War in 1972.  It was actually called the Secret War among the CIA Special Activities Division and among veterans of the conflict.  I was a bombardier navigator (NFO) or Naval Flight Officer, in the Grumman A-6 Intruder assigned to the First Marine Air Wing’s VMA (AW) 533.

Here’s the type of aircraft and living conditions we experienced at Nam Phong:

In January 2011 during my annual FAA 2nd Class Physical, which I also combined with my annual wellness physical including full blood work, my PSA, or Prostate-Specific Antigen, results came back at 4.5.  This followed with a post physical appointment with my urologist and then an antibiotic for a possible urinary tract infection.  After 2 weeks of an antibiotic, my PSA came back at 4.3.  The next step was 12 samples from my prostate and biopsies performed for cancer.  This resulted in the findings of cancer in 10 of the 12 samples.  And although this cancer was described as a “turtle” relative to speed, if you turn your back on a turtle in a room, it will be across the room before you realize it.  Therefore, my next appointment was with the cancer specialist at St. Elizabeth Health for Radiation Oncology in Austintown, Ohio as soon as possible which was after only few short weeks later.

The decision was unanimous to plan for 25 sessions of 15 minutes of direct beam radiation (See Reference No.3) followed by the implant of 12 radioactive seed isotopes, or Brachytherapy, (See Reference No. 4) into my prostate.  This resulted in an ultimate PSA of zero which has been constant now for the past 5 years meaning I have been cured.  But unfortunately, my prostate is no longer functional, but I experienced no urinary tract dysfunction or urgency issues other than frequent trips during the night to the toilet and treatment with FLOMAX aka tamsulin HCI   (See Reference No. 5)   I am most thankful to God and the medical staff that cared for me.

But I wish I had known earlier about s newly discovered cancer treatment that I only recently discovered in 2014.  It was no accident that during a day of canvassing the city of Girard one early May afternoon, that I met Frank.  He is an unassuming man about my age who when asked what do you do at this business, told me the greatest news I needed to hear.  He has cured people of cancer and everything from A to Z, meaning from Adrenal gland disease to yeast Infections and every known disease inbetween caused by bacteria or virus.  Most importantly to me at that time was the possibility of my prostate cancer returning but also arthritis in my knee and leg joints.  Frank then introduced me to Dr. Royal Rife’s “Electromagnetic Radio Frequency Therapy” discovered before most of us were born in the 1930s.  Frank told me he has cured hundreds of people of cancer including a person who was sent home to get their affairs in order because they were certain to die from incurable cancer.  Four years later that same person returned for a routine visit to that very same doctor who had diagnosed the cancer.  The doctor was in complete disbelief that his patient not only was still alive but had no trace of cancer.

I therefore call this Rife Machine, the “Magic Ball”.  (See photo of ball connected to my laptop computer)  Since then I have used this revolutionary treatment for everything from the arthritic pain in my hands and knees, removal of a tumor in my breast, cure of a common cold, headaches, pain resulting from a broken ankle, and even pain suffered by our pet miniature poodle.  Although our miniature poodle, Bridget, is over 14 years old, she now runs and jumps around the house and yard like a puppy.  Here’s what is important about The Rife “Magic Ball” that has convinced me that it treats cancer and many other bacterial based diseases.  Studies have now recently been published and are now available that date back to the 1930’s when Dr. Royal Rife developed a new treatment method that many of the greatest minds at the time believed could be the end to all disease. While the technology was suppressed for a time, authors such as Barry Lynes (The Cancer Cure that Worked), Dr. Nenah Sylver (The Rife Handbook), Dr. James Oschman (Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis), and Brian McInturff (www.electroherbalism.com) have been instrumental at educating the public about this technology. This has sparked a whole new generation of independent studies and successes.  (See reference No. 6)

But all this became possible when Dr. Royal Raymond Rife discovered one of the most groundbreaking medical tools in the last hundred years. He invented the world’s best optical microscope and subsequently discovered that the microbes in cancer cells could be totally devitalized by radio frequencies which left patients unharmed. Due to financial and political interests, his discoveries were driven underground.  What is important today is that we now know how Dr. Rife’s equipment really worked. This was discovered by analyzing original Rife Machines, which still exist, that were built before 1950. People have believed for many years that there were no original “Rife Machines” that still existed. But this thinking has been proven to be incorrect. Some of the original machines have survived.  (See Reference No. 7)

Here’s what my Electromagnetic Radio Frequency Therapy machine looks like:  My laptop computer loaded with Dr. Royal Rife’s audio frequencies, or “songs’ connected to the “magic” ball, or Tesla Plasma Ball. (See Reference No. 8)


Rife frequency healing is named after its inventor, Royal Raymond Rife. After this technology was enthusiastically embraced by some of the most prominent physicians and scientists of the 1930s and 1940s, it was driven underground by the pharmaceutical interests and the American Medical Association (AMA). Only in the last couple of decades has Rife technology emerged again in popularity, albeit in an altered form.  (See References No. 9 & 10)

Here’s 2 photos of the Rife machines and a May 1938 news article from 1938 (See Reference No. 11) with 1st photo being the 1938 to 1939 Rife Ray #5 Clinical Beam Ray Rife Machine

Today, the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. (ICRF) is basing their research on true science instead of politics. People who are suffering from cancer and other diseases may participate in their own discovery with in-home research into the effects of high frequencies radio waves. Cancer Tutor will introduce this simple, yet life-changing technology on their web page for those who desire to implement a complete step-by-step protocol for their particular situation. (see Reference No. 6)

To better understand the beginnings of this technology and the scientific principles and physics involved, take the time to watch these entire videos (See Reference No. 11)  The Royal Rife Story and Royal Rife:  In His own Words.  You will learn about the achievements of a remarkable San Diego, California scientist who, back in the 1930s, invented a powerful, optical microscope in order to be able to see living bacteria, viruses and fungi (pathogens) that he suspected to be causing a range of illnesses.  He found that he could see the individual pathogens better by illuminating them with a light frequency that matched their own resonant frequency causing them to glow. When he intensified the frequencies, he observed the pathogens either bursting or going inanimate.  This invention led to the development of a remarkable way of selectively destroying these bacteria and viruses by subjecting them to their own resonant frequency in a similar way to how a crystal glass is shattered when a singer hits the right musical note.  (See Reference No. 11)

Dr. Rife’s work culminated with The Smithsonian Institute publishing the following quote in their 1944 annual report: “Disease organisms such those of tuberculosis, cancer, sarcoma, typhoid and others may be observed to succumb when exposed to certain lethal frequencies peculiar to each individual organism, and directed upon them by rays conveying a wide range of waves.”  (See Reference No. 12)

And now fast forward to 2007 and John Kanzius, whose story began eight years earlier, when the successful businessman from Erie, Pennsylvania, retired to Sanibel Island, Florida.  Kanzius thought he’d fish, relax and maybe dabble in some small radio stations. Instead he ended up fighting leukemia. Doctors didn’t give him much hope at first… until he began treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. With state-of-the-art treatments, Kanzius improved. But the scars of cancer remained with him. He was haunted by the faces of others who were also stricken with the disease. He “saw way too many young people die before their time.” He was determined to do something.

The effects of chemotherapy kept him up at night, so Kanzius did a lot of thinking.  He used his radio engineering background and equipment, and his wife, Marianne’s, pots and pans, to design a machine that used radio waves to heat and possibly kill cells.  He had never gone to medical school and had no real background in science, but he gained a patent for the machine. He then showed it to his oncologist at M.D. Anderson. Dr. Michael Keating found the concept attractive, because the treatment would kill off cancer cells without invading a patient’s body. “It was the power of a good idea,” Keating said.

Keating showed it to surgical oncologist, Dr. Steven Curley, who thought of using microscopic metal bits, known as nanoparticles as heat conductors. The idea was to inject the particles into tumors, direct radio waves at the tumor and heat the particles to destroy the cancer cells.  Keating also was treating a Nobel Laureate, Dr. Richard Smalley, who specialized in nanotechnology. Smalley was skeptical about Kanzius’ machine, but was willing to loan nanoparticles to the project – just to see what would happen.  After testing the machine, the results were promising. So promising that Curley continued his research with the device and found liver tumors in animal subjects did shrink. Curley knew he was on to something, “If we can target these nanoparticles to get into the cancer cells, and then do this treatment, there won’t be a lot of side effects that people usually associate with chemotherapy.”

Doctors hope the machine will eventually be used to fight all types of cancers – from breast cancer to liver tumors. But human trials are at least three to four years away. The ironic thing is Kanzius’ machine is designed to target cancer cells and send the radio waves directly to the tumor area. That might not work in Kanzius’ case, because he has a form of leukemia, which is a fluid cancer. That means the cancer cells flow through the body and would be more difficult to zero in on.  But Kanzius said he never invented the machine for himself, he just wanted to help people he saw who were suffering.

“The medical world is going to say we need to treat people’s cancers in a more humane way if nothing else,” Kanzius said. “I hope I have changed the prevailing thinking of the medical world.” (See Reference No. 13)

Now I trust all who have read this report know why I am sharing this technology and its GOOD NEWS to everyone that is willing to listen.   I pray that all will support the fighter, admire the survivor, honor the taken and never ever give up hope.

References & Data Sources to date: 

  1. Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam – http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/locations/vietnam.asp
  2. Welcome to the Rose Garden !! This site is dedicated to the Veterans of Nam Phong – http://www.namphong.com/
  3. Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer – https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/treating/radiation-therapy.html
  4. Brachytherapy – http://www.brachytherapy.com/
  5. FLOMAX aka Tamsulosin HCI – https://www.4flomax.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Brand
  6. Overview of High RF Frequency Generators / When the Frequency Generator is the Primary Cancer Treatment – by Webster Kehr, ICRF – Updated November 18, 2016https://www.cancertutor.com/freqgenerators/7.
  7. Royal Rife: Cancer Cure Genius Silenced by Medical Mafia Saturday, September 26, 2009 by: Paul Fassa – http://www.naturalnews.com/027104_cancer_WHO_Chi.html
  8. Plasma globe – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_globe
  9. From the Townsend Letter – April 2008 – Healing with Electromedicine and Sound Therapies – Part One by Nenah Sylver, PhD –  http://www.townsendletter.com/FebMarch2008/healelectro0208.htm
  10. From the Townsend Letter – April 2008 – Healing with Electromedicine and Sound Therapies – Part Two by Nenah Sylver, PhD – http://www.townsendletter.com/April2008/healelectro0408.htm
  11. Rife and Philip Hoylandwith a 1938 Beam Ray Machine – http://rifevideos.com/dr_rifes_true_original_frequencies.htmlFriday,
  12. 1944 Smithsonian Report Of The Rife Universal Microscope -http://www.rifevideos.com/1944_smithsonian_report_of_the_rife_universal_microscope.html
  13. December 14, 2007, Fighting cancer with radio waves from CNN’s Dr Gupta Blog – http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/blogs/paging.dr.gupta/2007/12/fighting-cancer-with-radio-waves.html

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The Dream Adventure Keep’n On

Where are Mr. and Mrs. Pat and Erin (Chuey) Meyer, Girard High School Class of 1990 now?  The answer involves a very complex odyssey from Girard to Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Canada, back to Colorado, Chicago, then almost back home to Girard to the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, NY.  And now most recently on January 14, 2017, Pat Meyer was hired as the offensive line coach for the Los Angeles Chargers under current Offensive Coordinator – Ken Whisenhunt and new head coach Anthony Lynn.  Lynn and Meyer worked together in Buffalo, so they share an understanding of certain blocking concepts the new head coach looks to apply. In between all this, the lovely family has had the adventure of a life time indeed.  And what a new adventure this is starting out to be with Pat in LA while Erin and the 3 kids are still in Buffalo.  Let the adventure continue.

But this adventure began back in their home town of Girard, Ohio.  As a young man, Pat was a five-sport letterman at Girard High School in football, wrestling, basketball, baseball and track.  As a freshman for the GHS Indians, at 6’-1”, 220#, Pat became the most widely used lineman as defensive tackle, offensive guard, tackle and even center as well.  Meyer was honored in his senior year at GHS as a first-team All-State recipient as well as All-Trumbull County and All-Mahoning Valley Conference honors.


GHS ’90 Pat Meyer – GHS Freshman in 1986 – Photo by Tom Kolic

            After graduation from Girard, Pat went on to Colorado State where he played  college football as an offensive lineman, started for all four seasons earning All-Western athletic Conference honors for three consecutive years, and in his final season, Meyer played four different positions.  Considered one of the WAC’s most consistent offensive linemen, he earned all-conference honors three straight years, including first-team accolades and Academic All-American in 1994.  During that senior year, Meyer was the captain of the 1994 squad and he helped the Rams to a Holiday Bowl berth opposite Michigan in one of the most memorable seasons in program history.  Meyer earned his Bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from CSU in 1995 as well as completing courses toward a master’s degree in educational leadership.

While in graduate school at Colorado State, Meyer was signed by the Arizona cardinals and his professional football career took off.  Here’s a listing of all that has happened since then:


Arizona Cardinals (1995)

St Louis Stampedes (1996)


Memphis (1997 – 1998) – Graduate Assistant

Memphis (1999 – 2000) – Strength and conditioning coach

NC State (2000 – 2006) – Strength and conditioning coach

Florida State (2007) – Strength and conditioning coach

Colorado State (2008 – 2011) – Offensive line coach

Montreal Alouettes (2012) – Offensive coordinator offensive line coach

Chicago Bears (2013 – 2014) – Assistant offensive line coach

Buffalo Bills (2015 – 2016) – Football operations consultant & assistant offensive line coach

Los Angeles Chargers (2017 – present) – Offensive line coach

Along the way, Erin Chuey graduated from Girard High School in 1990, studied Elementary Education at Youngstown State  University and graduated in 1996.  She then became an elementary school teacher in the Liberty Schools from 1996 to 1998.  In July 1998, Pat and Erin were married and the rest is history as they began married life together in Memphis.  Erin accepted her next elementary teacher position at Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN.  Pat Meyer was honored by being inducted into the Class of 2000 of the Girard Hall of Fame and along the way also into the Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame.  However, Pat was unable to get home in person, but Erin’s dad, Pat’s proud Father-in-law, Ralph Chuey of Girard, accepted both awards and provided acceptance speeches as well on Pat’s behalf.

The newlyweds remained in Memphis with Pat receiving a promotion to Assistant Coach in the school’s strength and conditioning department.  In 2000 Pat served five months as its Director until Pat joined the North carolina State Wolfpack as the Head Coach for strength and conditioning.  In 2004, he was named Head of the entire athletic department’s strength programs.  During these first four seasons with the Wolfpack the football team collectively lost 700 pounds while improving in nearly every strength and conditioning category over Meyers’ first six months on the job. The team’s average bench press increased 21 pounds, the average squat improved 52 pounds and the power clean numbers rose 26 pounds in that span.  In 2006, North Carolina State Wolfpack head football coach Chuck Amato announced that Pat Meyer, a then 11-year coaching veteran in strength and conditioning, was the new Offensive Line Coach for NC State.  During this same time at NC State, Erin continued her career as an elementary school teacher at Wake County Schools in Raleigh, NC until 2003.  It was then that the Meyer family began to grow with the birth of Christina, then Emma and lastly, Sophia.


The “Meyer Family, Inc.” coaching adventure continued with a position in 2007 at Florida State as Assistant Coach and from 2008 to 2011 back at Colorado State, Pat’s Alma Mater, as Offensive Line Coach and Offensive Coordinator.  It was back at Colorado State that Pat helped assemble one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in CSU history, earning high praises as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation across all schools.

In 2012, Meyer joined the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes as the Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach.  During the season, the Alouettes finished third in the league in scoring with 26.6 points per game, was tied for first in touchdowns with 51 and fewest sacks allowed with 30.  It was here that Meyer became known for his expertise by then Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, who would later become the Head Coach of the Chicago Bears.  On January 24, 2013, Meyer was then hired by Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman to become the Bears’ Assistant Offensive Line Coach.  On February 12, 2014, the Bears promoted Pat Meyer to Offensive Line Coach.  He worked with a revamped unit that helped the Bears rank second in the NFL with 445 points and set team records with 6,109 total yards, 4,450 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, a 96.9 passer rating and 344 first downs.


GHS ’90 – Erin Chuey Meyer – Fitness Expert

             Meanwhile, Erin Chuey Meyer became the fulltime Manager, Chef, and Chauffeur at “Meyer Family, Inc.” while Pat also became CEO, Dad and Coach for all the kids.  In addition, Erin started a rigorous workout regimen and was featured in a BlogSpot Interview “Fit Life in the Spotlight:  Erin Meyer”- (see http://www.homefieldfitness.org/home-field-blog/fit-life-in-the-spotlight-erin-meyer ) where she shared with readers about how she stays healthy, happy and fit in this crazy coaching world.  When asked in the interview, do you ever work out with other coaches’ wives?  Erin responded, “I am one of those people who usually like to work out alone.  I have a plan, don’t like to talk etc.  However, I recently ran a 15K with another coach’s wife.  Although we trained independently, we were able to achieve a similar pace and stick together during the race.  It made things a lot more fun.  We have planned to do some cross-training classes together-probably spinning and Zumba, just for kicks and giggles.”  (See photo from the 15K race with Erin and 3 other lady runners)

After the 2014 season with the Bears, much to the Meyer Family dismay, Pat was not retained by the Bears for the 2015 season.  But with prayers from their Girard extended family, on July 31, 2015 Pat Meyer was hired as a Football Operations Consultant for the Buffalo Bills.  Pat and Erin Meyer were now getting real close to home at last.  And in her own words, Erin Meyer posted this for her Facebook friends . . . “we will be moving to NY in August.  Obviously the big thing for Pat and me is that he is continuing on with a career that he loves but there’s also these three things: 1. closer to OH family, 2. Niagara Falls, 3. Anchor Bar- original home of Buffalo wings.  Depending on which of our children you ask, the rankings might not be in that exact order.”


            And life just keeps getting better for the Pat and Erin Meyer Family.  On January 21, 2016, the Buffalo Bills via Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, reported that Pat Meyer replaced Kurt Anderson as Assistant Offensive Line Coach.  Already at home in Buffalo, Erin was recently featured on the “Buffalo Bills Better Half” video (See http://www.newslocker.com/en-us/sport/buffalo-bills/better-half-of-the-bills-erin-meyer/view/) where Erin tells about her recent community activities shopping and preparing Thanksgiving dinners for the families in need in the Buffalo area.  She reminded us that the fans love the Buffalo Bills and the Bills love their fans too.  When you watch this video check out who is in the stocking cap loading up the trunk of Erin’s family car with Thanksgiving groceries.  Erin was also asked what she does when she has a spare 5 minutes, to which she replied, “Running and weight lifting as a family”. . . and on game days she likes to get the family out early at the Bills Indoor Training facility.  And now begins the next chapter in the ever-changing exciting life of a professional football coach and his family.  Stay tuned for more adventure.


And then Erin reports:  “Pat just called. It’s official. He is the Offensive Line Coach of the Los Angeles Chargers!!!” (This is Sophia’s offering for the new logo)

NOTE:  All photos by Erin Meyer unless noted