40 ’til 40, #3-4

I will post 2 moments a day, (this post will be back-dated), until the 29th of the month, resulting in 40 memorable and good moments of my life, in no particular order, leading up to my 40th birthday.

#1-2: Link

(from Wednesday)

#3: Academic Challenge 1991

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a program for minorities called the Academic Challenge. It was a combination of Quick Recall and Future Problem Solvers tournaments, and Individual Test Taking. I do not remember all of the events but I do remember being pretty excited – and more than a little nervous – about being chosen for the Quick Recall team. I’ve always liked Quick Recall – I played in 7th and 8th grades, plus 10th through 12th grades in high school (I don’t remember playing as a freshman).

Well, with the Academic Challenge, our team from Westport Middle School ended up winning the tournament! I remember the Finals being close but I don’t quite remember what school we played. Nevertheless, it was an awesome experience!

#4: Puckett’s Tribute


Have you ever been to an event, or have an experience, that you hated the reason for the event but loved the event itself?

The Tribute to Bryan Puckett is that event for me.

I wrote before about my history with Puckett. The Tribute itself was touching, amazing, and 3 or 4 other superlatives that I can’t come up with good words for. I got to see friends of ours that I either hadn’t seen in a few months or had moved out of state and hadn’t seen in years. Members of some of the bands that are/were under the Little Heart Records banner (Puckett’s record company) told stories and gave thanks to Puckett for his help. Long time friends from high school, Target, and his life reminisced about times with him. It ended with a long video tribute. I wish there was a happier reason for a Puckett Tribute but I’m glad I was there for it.

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