Sustaining an idea

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

Vietnam also brought the first of what is now taken for granted in the information age – television reporting from the jungles where bullets screamed overhead and men fought for yards of ground.

At that time, Clifford Sims was not even on my radar.

My younger brother and I talked of going into the Marines under the buddy system, but I decided I liked the college life more – too dadgum fun – and he went off for four years, blacksmithing his body against the anvil of the military regimen, seeing the world and coming out with a career that has served him well.

College soon decided that, for the time, it was pretty much done with me.

I followed what I was pursuing to a career in security, first at Disney World and then, as security morphed into loss prevention, with Marriott and a string of hotels.

I thrived, but so too did my brother and I pondered with curiosity what the military had offered my brother, what had he taken away that so improved him as a, cliché alert, productive and constructive person.

Those lessons did not seem to come as easy to me.

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