In 1979 I stumbled upon a place that excited and amazed me for over a decade. It would eventually define me and mark the beginning of the rest of my life. That place was Omaha Central High School.
It is said, that every person of any consequence is a teacher at some point in their lives and any person who aspires to teach will be stronger upon reading this book. Toward the end you will find a sealed envelope. Inside is a letter that came pouring out from my heart one dreary fall day. The letter is personal, yet open to all. I invite you to read it and I am sure that when you do, you will be better for it. It is from me to an admired and respected man of integrity, my friend the principal, Doctor G.E. Moller.
It is a simple letter of long overdue gratitude and to understand it you must take the journey through the true-life story captured on the pages of this book. A book not written from a conscribed set of truths enhanced by some ghostwriter's fiction to induce monetary gain. Nor is it written with clever ideas that frame a grandiose marketing plan to sway a particular audience one way or the other. Instead its primary purpose is to offer a certified acknowledgement to a deserving individual, which outlines and expressed my appreciation and gratitude to a man that helped me and so many others to a better life.
It is my sincere hope that someday someone will stumble upon it at a time they too might better a life and perhaps in some cases, like in mine, that life just may be their own. This is a story about two men who on the surface seemed worlds apart, until one of them would find out that the thought of those separations were nonexistent. He would find that his was a manufactured series of misinterpretations that derived from ordinary protocol, necessary disciplines and high expectations. Though disconnected for a time, they would later be reunited by a timeless art called education and a grandson's desire to indulge in it. His name is Ben.
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