“I realized that life is actually pretty simple.” – a book that I felt involved in, even if tangentially

Adm. William H. McRaven (USN, Retired) has written a very good book. His experiences alone are admirable and worthy of praise.  However, what got me most involved in the book were his tales of growing up in San Antonio, Texas.

Sea Stories” not only let me learn about his life of service and duty, but also brought back some of my own memories. It is a book that I felt involved in, even if it was tangentially.  

Below is the full quote of the sentence I used in the headline.

“I realized that life is actually pretty simple. Help as many people as you can. Make as many friends as you can. Work as hard as you can. And, no matter what happens, never quit!”

“Sea Stories”, pg. 333

San Antonio, Texas was at a 300-mile drive from Monterrey, Mexico or a 40-minute flight on the now defunct Mexicana Airlines. My father had banking relations in San Antonio and ties to the Incarnate Word College, to which my grandmother was relocated as a child during the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

San Antonio was a place I visited often from Monterrey and later moved to for college. I graduated from UTSA and lived there for more than 30 years, having businesses in both cities.

“In my journey, I found that there was always someone better than me: someone smarter, stronger, faster, harder-working, more talented, more driven, more honest, more pious—just better than I was. It was humbling, but at the same time immensely reassuring.”

“Sea Stories”, pg. 332

Cheers to those that make history, and write about it.

How did ABC’s Wild World of Sports make college football appealing nationwide?


How did ABC’s Wild World of Sports make college football appealing nationwide? They took a regional event and created meaningful context around it. In the introduction of their Saturday programming, they featured wide area shots of the colleges involved in the match. They would contrast the campuses and the teams that were going to play against each other, surreptitiously making you feel part of the team, choose sides, and watch the game. It was by creating context around the event that got viewers involved.

ABC’s Wide World of Sports is an American sportsanthology television program that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998, primarily on Saturday afternoons. Hosted by Jim McKay, with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987, the title continued to be used for general sports programs on the network until 2006. In 2007, Wide World of Sports was named by Time on its list of the 100 best television programs of all-time. Wiki

Star Trek: Outpost – Episode 32 – The Gathering Storm

While Torkelson continues to prepare for the arrival of the Starfleet Construction Battalion, Lt. Farmer leads the desperate search for the missing Captain Buchanan and the Ferengi, Goshen. Meanwhile, Vurk and Tirgil strike a new deal that has far-reaching implications.

Star Trek: Outpost – Episode 32 – The Gathering Storm