On this date in 1984, the United States Men’s Gymnastics team climbed to the top of the mountaintop by winning the Olympic Team Gold Medal.
The Olympics which were held in Los Angeles, were boycotted by the Soviet Union in retaliation for the US boycott of 1980.
The United States team became instant celebrities. The team consisted of Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, James Hartung, Scott Johnson and Peter Vidmar.
In the spring following the Olympics, I attended a Public Relations Student Society of America conference in Detroit along with a group of my fellow students from Georgia Southern.
At the conference, Bart Conner was our Keynote Speaker, he was gracious and kind; his words were inspiring.
The victory by the 1984 Men’s Team, placed a new spotlight on men’s gymnastic in the US and their legacy continues today through their work in coaching and commentary.
Life’s Playlist… Forget You by Cee Lo Green
Life’s Playlist….. Jump by Van Halen
Today as I was scrolling through my Facebook page during lunch, I came across an article on Yahoo Travel.
The article by “Johnny Jet, The Travel insider,” told the story of a cross-country flight from earlier this week. As reported in the article, approximately 45 minutes prior to arrival, the Captain came on the intercom to advise the passengers that they had been transporting a fallen soldier on their flight.
The Captain briefed those on board about what would happen as the plane landed, requested patience and cooperation . The entire article along with video can be found here.
As I read the article, I couldn’t help but be proud of the way we the American people have treated our soldiers as they return home from war. Whether we are for or against the wars of the past generation, we as a people have been supportive of our soldiers.
During the Viet Nam era this was not the case and it appears that lessons were learned by our citizenry, today we welcome our soldiers home. We honor our soldiers on their return and we stand with our soldiers as they honor the ideals of what it means to be an American.
Today and every day we honor the soldiers, their families and the American people who have not forgotten, but embrace, this week’s Friday’s Heroes!
Life’s Playlist…. Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
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