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Pat’s Tavern by Thomas J. CraneMy Father, A Very Brilliant ManIt is my opinion that my father possessed a brilliant mind. He was not only creative in his thought processes but critical in his thinking as well. Whenever he pursued an idea or a purpose, he did so with a certain tenacity or forcefulness that left no obstacle standing in his way and he was quick to act. He exhibited these characteristics no matter whether he was a gambler, a roofer or naturalist or even exhibited a lust for life as well. When he was forced to discard the filling station business, he turned to selling used tires as a spin off. When the wheel sizes changed and left the market without a supply, he opened a restaurant that he refurbished and equipped and even worked as the primary cook as well. He did whatever it took to make a living and survive. After having worked for 25 years in a major university, I came to the conclusion that had my father had the advantage of an advanced education, he would have been equal to or might even have surpassed some of the professors and scientists and doctors or even researchers that I had the opportunity to observe as they went about their daily tasks. It was only the constraints of not having a formal education that he was not able to do so. His education came from life. He may not have had a written record of achievements, but rather his legacy is written in the stars. Still, it is my opinion if I were to have asked him, he probably would have replied, “Tom, I enjoyed my life and what more can a man want?” My father was never envious of another’s success, but in many cases admired others for their triumphs instead. If, on the other hand, someone achieved their success at the cost of another, my father looked upon them with utter disdain. Some see the sun rise and curse the coming day with dread. Some see the darkness as it approaches and fear what lurks within. My father often said, “Make hay while the sun shines.” or, “ It is time to get a good nights sleep and be ready for tomorrow.” Such is the life of an honest working man. The most impressive thing about my father was that he loved America. He once said, “In America, you can be whatever you want to be or you can do whatever you want to do. The only thing is, you have to work for it as no one is going to give it to you.” He always preached the work ethic.109

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