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The Man Who Helped Me Find Me

The Man Who Found Me

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Someone asked me “Who is your hero?”

I had to think about it for a second.

I’m not a real “hero sort-a-guy.”


Then his name came to my mind.

Harold Eastman.

Harold was my boss at Copeland Lumber Yard in Hillsboro Oregon.

I started working there right out of high school.

I worked the counter but back in those days when a customer came in you wrote them up, took the money and then loaded them up as well.



It was a stretch for me.

Believe it or not I was a rather quiet young man.

Not in front of my friends but my insecurities covered who I really was.

Harold Eastman must have seen that Rick Dancer inside and helped me bring it to the surface.

I tell the story in the video.



I don’t think Harold had a mission to bring me out of my shell.

He just did it.

I wonder sometimes that we try to plan things too much rather than give a little advice and stand back and watch.


The day I Harold retired he did tell me he thought “WE” had created a monster.

He didn’t mean it in a bad way.

What he meant was we found Rick Dancer and let him thrive, and I was good at being me.

I use the skills he brought out in my everyday and in every job I’ve ever had.

I understand how to read people, set them at ease and play with them.

Yeh, that’s the secret to my life….More play….lots more play.

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