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    When "My Life on a Napkin" was published, we went to the Big Man's book signing. There were scores of people there, waiting for his autograph in their copy of the book.
    By: 89ute, Saturday 1 December 2012

    When "My Life on a Napkin" was published, we went to the Big Man's book signing. There were scores of people there, waiting for his autograph in their copy of the book.

    Posted By: 89ute
    Date: 2012-12-01 23:36:35

    He did not stay very long, but we were fortunate to get his autograph.

    Later in the summer we were at the airport to go on a family trip and we spotted him leaving the airport to go home. He looked so tired worn out really. Our then eight-year-old daughter was with us and we wanted her very much to meet the Coach.

    We went outside where a car was waiting for him. We spoke some quick pleasantries, and then he saw that our kiddo was with us.

    He stopped what he was doing [trying to get home] to talk to her. He was as sweet as anyone could ever be. We had our copy of the book with us for the plane ride, and he wrote a very tender note to our daughter right below the original signature from the book signing.

    All of these years later that is my most vivid memory of the Coach. No matter how busy or exhausted, he took the time to talk to a very young girl about her future and to make her feel very special.

    Thanks, Rick. You were a very, very extraordinary person and I am glad to have met you.

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