Be Prepared

When I came to Los Angeles in 1963 as a scout for the Dodgers, the first speech I had to make was at the Huntington Hartford Hotel, which is now known as the Ritz in Pasadena.

 

It was a dinner like the one I attended last night, where eagle scouts would write a letter to a person in the profession they were pursuing, and in turn that professional would escort them to the dinner and act as a mentor.

 

I was a nervous wreck.  The first speaker on stage was a retired admiral in the U.S. Navy.  They read his bio about graduating from Annapolis and leading fleets throughout the world. 

 

The next speaker was a judge who graduated from Yale and enjoyed a successful legal career before joining the bench.

 

I was next, and all that was said abut me was, “And now, our featured speaker of the night, Tom Lasorda, a scout for the Dodgers.”

 

Needles to say I didn’t get the same reception that the previous two speakers enjoyed, but when I got up on stage, I immediately grabbed their attention by reciting the Scout Oath and the Scout Laws. 

 

I got a standing ovation, and from that point I had their attention.

 

Well, I did the same thing last night and it seemed to work well. 

 

I can honestly say that without the training I got from being a boy scout 67 years ago, I would not be the man I am today. 

2 Comments

It took more talent to be you, than the first to guys, Tommy.

Always striving to be a better human bieng tommorrow, than you were today. Go get them Tommy.
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GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ALL THE WAY IN 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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