January is National Mentoring Month. I'm a big believer in mentoring, and I serve on the board of directors of one of the best mentoring programs around: Teammates, founded by former Nebraska football coach, athletic director, and congressman, Tom Osborne, and his wife Nancy.
At our last board meeting, the staff asked board members if they would consider writing short stories for the Teammates blog concerning their own mentors, with a theme of "Who mentored you?" Tom Osborne's story about one of his mentors, Woody Varner, inspired me to think about the people who guided me during my formative years, and I contributed this story about Pete Wagner.
I blogged about Pete one other time, in a post that ranks as one of my personal favorites. It still puts a lump in my throat when I think about that Thursday evening in 1949, how profoundly that small act of kindness impacted Pete over the next 60 years, and how he did the same thing over and over for me.
My wife, by the way, ran into Frank Hilsabeck's widow a few months and shared this story with her family, to her great delight.