The Life Chronicler
My Story - Epilogue
People. They are the collective secret to the unfolding of our lives. For me, chronologically:
There is neither a provincial 1500m championship nor official recognition for achievement from Canada's Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, without Mr. Weatherby.
My two, confidence-building math discoveries made as a schoolboy in which I unknowingly duplicated published work of others, are not possible without Mr. Lacy.
My life-altering entrepreneurial success as a university student never happens without Richard Hunt.
I never start my career in investment banking if a University of Western Ontario classmate, David Lloyd, does not urge me to looking into a field about which I knew virtually nothing.
Self-doubt about certain abilities may never have been erased without explicit, evidence-based feedback from Arnold Shykofsky during my last year at UWO in 1980.
After my devastating financial loss, I do not take up software engineering and secure a comfortable financial life without my business partner, Mike Tamburo.
I am not an adoptive father of my only child without R. J. Kruger.
My daughter does not get to travel the world without Dave Loffredo.
Finally, without Steve Edelmuth in Boston that day, I may not even be alive.
The Athletic Director at Acadia University, Gib Chapman, once wrote about me that I was “a young man in a hurry.” For
years, I never saw it that way. Upon reflection, perhaps he was right. Today I am no longer young and, perhaps paradoxically with time running out, I am no longer in a hurry. I now understand that it is the journey and the people, that count.
Ultimately, this is the greatest lesson that I have learned; lives impact lives.
And so, here I am, retired and pursuing a book dream. As noted on the BOOKS page, my goal is to adhere to the interviewing/listening framework designed by Dr. Dan McAdams of Northwestern University. I would be remiss if I did not recognize his encouraging correspondence and additional material he sent to me.
Is it a crazy idea to spend my retirement money traveling the continent to talk with perfect strangers and then seek to write a book about their lives? My friends, particularly some with whom I grew up or those who know me well, would probably say something like, “Not at all, that’s just something Gregory would attempt.”
Rumi (1207-1273): “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah… it makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.”