Sunday, March 11, 2007

Throwing strikes

Jim Phelps stopped by The Outpost on Friday to pick up a couple of back issues on a topic of public interest. If you don't Phelps, you should. He is 91 now and still active in pursuing civic and environmental goals.

He's one of those old-school guys, shaped by the Depression and World War II, who seem to have everything right: tough, brimming with integrity, selfless, full of life. I'm not sure they make people like that anymore, and it will be a sad day when the last of them are gone.

Phelps, looking frail, had no complaints about his age or health. "I feel like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter," he said. "I don't know how long I can keep it up, but I'm just enjoying every pitch."

Hell of a guy.

1 comment:

Dave Rye said...

"Hell of a guy" indeed. I often have wished I could agree with Jim more than has been the case, since he has such a likable and sincere personality. And my hat goes off to a man his age who continues to push for his vision of a better world. He's one of those rare men with very strong opinions yet, as far as I can tell, no enemies.