In one succinct sentence, Sir Francis Bacon describes “a full man.” Ever since I read these concise words in one of my high school English literature classes, I have tried to practice these academic disciplines: reading, conference, and writing. I didn’t read or write much growing up. I was too occupied with more physical disciplines: baseball, basketball, and football. Being part of a competitive team of players helped me to practice conference. Isn’t shouting at umpires, coaches, fan, and other players considered conference? As a teenager I also practiced more physical disciplines: drag racing in my maroon, 1962 Ford Fairlane sedan to Ambridge High School football games on Friday nights, flirting, and hopefully, scoring with a hot cheer leader under the bleachers! Always wishful thinking! Always! Flirting is persuasive conferencing! Right?
Steve Simmons (left), Dale Pfeiffer (center), Richard Olinger (right)