My friend Terry from Alabama asked me to write a letter about Jim from Longview. Terry has never met Jim but knows the inspirational story. When Jim was 10 years old, he lost both his arms in an electrical accident. Growing up, Jim was like the old American pioneer who wouldn't take no for an answer and wouldn't quit. In high school he tried out for the football team. The coach just looked at him and said, "No." That was a mistake. Jim turned around and walked away and started practicing kicking a football. He was good enough to make the team. To receive a letter he would have to play four games. Before the fourth is asked the coach if he was going to play. The coach told him, "No, there is not room on the bus." Jim arranged to ride to the away game. A trip of 150 miles. Jim showed up and kicked the winning point. He rode home on the bus. Don't tell him no or say he can't do something. Don't tell him he can't play golf at a high level or fly an airplane. If you think you can't do something or feel defeated and weary just think of Jim. Winston Churchill stated during World War II, "Don't give up, don't give up, never give up."
Neil C. Martello