I surrendered my allegiance to Jesus in a stone Catholic chapel while a college student. My four children are my magnum opus: twin sons Joseph Linden and Adam Edward, Hannah Rose and Laurel Emmaline.
My dear dad, eldest of ten, strove for and achieved excellence at whatever he did: surrendering his allegiance to Jesus and serving Him his entire life, most proficient sharpshooter during his stint in the Marines; scouted not once, but twice, to pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers; struck Willie Mays out; valedictorian in his high school class, junior college and at UVA. While a Marine, he appointed himself as THE man to ensure his mates came safely back to the ship after carousing on land. He was never drunk in his entire life, was sexually intimate with one woman his entire life, and that after they were married. He had a strong work ethic, believing that he who doesn't work doesn't eat. He provided financially for his family.