The question is probably one of the toughest to answer for in each of our lives many people help shape the person you come to be. I feel fortunate in the fact I just turned 69 years old and through my life many people have assisted me. As with most, my dad was a huge influence on me in the way you formulate thoughts and prepare to live life. I could talk to my dad about anything. I also had the same type of relationship with the great Bill Wimble.
My brothers and I met Bill Wimble at Flemington in the early sixties and it began a strong lifetime bond that ended with his passing in 2016. I feel blessed that I met him and was more than happy to assist him with writing and making guest appearances when he wrote his book. We shared many good times and Bill and I always made it a point to stay in touch with each other through phone or email messages. He was a regular throughout the Dirt Tack Heroes events and we broke bread and drank wine on many occasions and my home was always open for him to stay.
Young people today would gain a vast knowledge to read his book to gain insight on how to prepare yourself for life.
My Dad and Bill Wimble are at the top of my list although Carl Van Horn, Lew Boyd, Bill Singer, Jerry Fried and many driving stars currently or that have passed have been influential as well.
I have lived a good life and it is due to learning life as you live.