From time to time I look at my hands and see in them the hands of
my mother and father. I thank them for bringing me into this world
and protecting me. I thank them for all they have given me
– values, skills, uniqueness, love, support … I am grateful to
be the son of Virginia Sibert and Don Melton.
It reminds me that I have not come to where I am without the
support of many, many other people. Some of these human beings I
will never meet again, some I met only briefly, some I have known for a
long time. Many would not remember me yet I learned and grew from
I thank these people for preparing the way for me, supporting me,
teaching me, pushing me, cajoling me, arguing with me, having
faith in me, telling me to dream, bringing me back to reality,
taking a risk on me, demanding rigor and telling me to lighten up.
I am grateful to all of these people who have given me special
gifts of concern, honesty affection, ideas and time.
All of my teachers and mentors, especially Miss Ivans from Garden
Oaks Elementary, Miss Butts at Spring Branch Junior High as well
as Miss Scallett, Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Newell at Spring Branch
High, Professor Weston LaBarre and Coach Al Buehler at Duke,
Stewart Stein at Cornell, Alex Smallwood at Coverdale, Chefs
Chambrette and Paul Ete at La Varenne, and most recently, James
Flaherty at New Ventures West.
I have many friends, colleagues and family. In many respects, they
are all family. Each has contributed to my life in a special way.
Bob and Oney
Armstrong, Arnie Bellfontaine, Susan Crisman, George Epting, Alan
Keffer, Ron Korona, Carol Mason, Joe Moffa, David Preece, Steve
Price, Lil ten Brink, Wallace Whitworth.
Frank Ball, David Claridge, Wally Cork, Gloria Fauth, Karen
Gravenstine, Bruce Kratka, Sandy Mobley, Hank Lewis, Laurie
Richardson, Sandy Travis, John Scanlon, BJ Stiles, Leona Vogt,
Chris Wahl and Ortrude White.
Marjorie Skeith Melton, Maury and Shirley Skeith, Peter Wright,
Posey Wright and the entire Wright family.
And finally to those I have coached, as individuals or in teams
around the world. I have learned and grown immensely from our explorations.
is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short
visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.
From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we
do know – we are here for the sake of each other, above all, for
those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends,
and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are
connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how
much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of
others, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert
myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and
am still receiving.