A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
On Saturday May 14th, Mr. Jason Gillette and the student musicians of the Brookfield Central High School Jazz Bands will proudly and joyfully present the Fourth Annual BeBop and Barbecue, an inter-generational presentation of music, food and community.
There are few things that can unite and create common ground as rapidly and effectively as good music, and this wonderful event gives evidence to that reality. Founded by Jason's vision of a production that would bring people of all ages together, this fundraiser has grown in stature, profile, and attendance each year. It is produced by the efforts of students, faculty, and parents.
Sports has been a big part of my life............playing it, watching it, following it, talking about it, introducing our kids to it. I believe its most compelling aspect is that it so surely and obviously stands as a microcosm of life: victory and defeat, conflict and unity, pain and pleasure, great expectation and crashing disappointment, all displayed in high drama and in extravagant settings. We see it all played out on a stage before us - all of those thiings that we mortals encounter in our more mundanely regular existence.
But most of all, watching, learning about, and coming to love the true stars of their respective sport; the greatest of the great. I think back to the giants of my life: Ali, Nicklaus, Johnson, Gretzky, to name a few. Like Collosae, they strode across the screens in our living rooms and imprinted themselves into the very fabric of our daily lives. The dazzling physique, skill, and speed of Ali, and his absolutely indomitable courage inside the ropes...............Did anyone in any sport ever wear the mantle of glory, wealth and fame as effortlessly and as well as Jack Nicklaus, the sun glinting off his steel-shafted clubs and his golden mane as he strode up yet another victorious eighteenth fairway.............The utterly uninhibited joy with which Magic Johnson played his game.............The grace with which Gretzky skated, ever elusive and always one pace ahead of where opponents thought he would be, and the jaw-dropping, never to be equalled records he left behind............ They occupied our attention with their larger than life talents and personas; human meteors that shot across the horizons of our lives, bringing us awe, joy, pain, disgust, inspiration, and more.
A young associate of Sir Isaac Newton once asked him how he had managed to accomplish all that he had. The great mathematician and scientist pondered the query and replied, “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants”.