To All the Ships at Sea –
We all have good days and bad days. Today was a wonderful day.
I went to do my 2 hours in the gym and ran into a friend of mine by the name of Keith. Three weeks ago, Keith bought one of my books FILL THE FRAME. Up till that point Keith and I just said hello and that was it. Now that he started the book every time I see him he has questions, and being the shy reserved person I am, I humbly attempt to answer (I’ve got a big mouth). He said to me you’ve been around the world, met a lot of people Who do you feel was the most outstanding person? My answer was they were all outstanding. He asked me if I spent a lot of time with Willie Nelson? Yes, of course I said, Willie would certainly be in my top ten or better. I told Keith the story of a Viet Nam War Vet that lost both his legs and was at one of Willie’s Concerts. Several of his friends pushed him up to the stage right under Willie. Two large security guards came over and asked him to leave because it was no man’s land. He objected, they picked up the wheel chair and started to remove him. Willie stopped singing and yelled at the security guards and told them to leave him where he was. He then proceeded to invite him to join him backstage at the concert. He asked me to please bring him to the trailer after the show. When Willie asks for something you just have to do it. Willie treated him like a brother for 90 minutes after the concert and everybody was very happy (you know what I mean – was it the Tequila?) Keith then told me that about a year ago he was flying from El Paso to Houston on one of those short hop jets and sitting in first class was Willie in a pair of blue jeans and a T shirt, no hat just kicking back. In the first seat in coach was a United States Marine with one leg and in full uniform. Willie got up, spoke to the gentleman, shook his hand, got the flight attendant and had the gentleman put in his first class seat. Willie took his seat in coach. Even though I was not there, I will include that story in FILL THE FRAME II. If we were all like Willie, what a great world this would be…there is still hope.
I told Pete Seeger 3 weeks before he went to his great gig in the sky that God threw away the mould when he made him. That goes the same for Willie Nelson.
For all the people who want to see what I look like without a Beret here’s your chance.