Happy Birthday Dad! Wow...I wrote it once again. Today would have been my fathers 89th birthday. He was born back in 1919 and died as I tried to revive him at his home in 1987. It's been a long time since I've written those words.
Look, I'm not going maudlin on you it's just that most of the time we are up to our elbows making a difference for our clients while we also try to make a living. While I'd have it no other way we sometimes need to re-focus on the really important stuff.
For me...this is one of those days.
Damon Libbie was "the party guy" who never knew a stranger. He was the youngest of five children, worked at my grandfathers business, went off to join the Navy and stayed at it through the end of World War II. He came back, got a job as a bartender, met my Mother, married, held two jobs while he went to school to better himself, built a career at Ford Motor Company, raised two boys, retired early, started a business, moved to Iowa and lived, for too brief a time, less than two blocks from my home.
I just wanted to tell you that...for no other reason that I'm being a little selfish today...and because sometimes it's important to take what little time we have to stop and reflect. Just a little.
But, like Dad would say, "What are ya doin' sittin' there? Get with it we've got lots to do today!"
OK, OK...and thank you for letting me do this...
Michael Libbie - Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications