Waukesha High School
Class of 1955
Our High School is now the
"Les Paul Middle School".
Billy Graham and Albert Einstein
When Billy Graham was 96 years-old (unfortunately he just died) some
leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor.
Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggled
with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, 'We don't expect a major
address. Just come and let us honor you' So he agreed.
After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked
at the crowd, and said, "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist,
who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.
Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the
conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every
passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest
pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't
there. He looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat
beside him. He still couldn't find it. "The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know
who you are. We all know who you are.
I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it. "Einstein nodded appreciatively.
The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move
to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and
knees looking under his seat for his ticket.
"The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein,
don't worry, I know who you are; no problem. You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one.'
Einstein looked at him and said, "Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going."
Having said that Billy Graham continued, "See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit.
My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my
old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for
this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the
suit in which I'll be buried. But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately
remember the suit I'm wearing. I want you to remember this:
I not only know who I am. I also know where I'm going." May your troubles be less,
your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door. Life
without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point." Amen and peace, my friends.
And may each of us have lived our lives so that when our ticket is punched we don't
have to worry about where we are going.
Even at his age and with Parkinson's Disease, he could still deliver a powerful sermon.
If you thought Phoenix was nice, you should make an effort to go to Siesta Key
at Sarasota, Florida. Siesta Key Beach has been designated as the country's
number ONE beach. The sand is different, very soft and cool. Have a look at the "Photo Album."
If you have an interesting Problem, send it to me.
WE ARE GOING TO HAVE a Class Reunion in September, 2018. It may seem early
but time goes by REALLY fast these days. If you have a 2018 calendar - mark it.
I will be sending you a sign up letter in March so be thinking about the Reunion.
Check "Announcements" for details.
Check the birthdays. If you aren't there and should be, tell me.
“March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb!” Ho-ho! What fun! See folks? The month isn’t all bad. It ends well because the ol' saying says so! Maybe we should make more sayings to make us all feel better.
“March comes in like a rabid bear, and leaves whenever the hell it wants.”
“March ends at some point.”
“March comes in like a March, but leaves like an Almost-April.”
“March is better than mouth sores.”
“March: Eh...you’ll get used to it.”
Send info to George