Vai what I like about you is you talk real life and not some concocted made up
story that you mostly hear from others. I had similar experiences and often
share them with family but not with the world. I had the most boring History
teacher but now I wish I could thank him. And I had the same type of English
teachers too. I think they are bred that way. I was at BYU at the
part of the same time as you and it was some good times. The only thing I can
say about my football career is that I apparently looked just like Gifford
Nielson. Same size and shape and very similar facial features. So my freshman
year before my mission (Fall 76) everyone thought I was Gifford. (Never met
him) Closest thing I came to stardom. OK does being distantly related to Steve
Young count? (Never met him either) but loved to watch him play. Thanks Vai for the refreshing change to the gloom and doom we often see and
hear in the news. I love to take a break and hear your stories that often bring
back many memories of my own.
Hey Vai,Mrs. Nielsen is everything you said and more. I had no idea
she had done so much for you. Her impact on me was profound as well -- and
I'm not talking about English. She believed in my potential -- and when she
believed in you, you couldn't doubt.Oh, thank you for your kind
words about me as well. But, that part of the description where you called me
"nerdy" needs an proper answer -- such as getting some old photos of you
scanned and attached to this story tomorrow. :-)Go Jackrabbits!
This is out of character for the D-News to publish these heartfelt stories
praising teachers but thanks anyway...
Now I understand why you have a gift for writing that far exceeds your talents
as a kick returner....Great stuff that I make a point of reading -
and BTW I am not LDS....
A few times a day I get an email reminder about the stories in the Deseret News
- Mormon Times, etc... They usually make it in the trash folder without
attention, unless there is a "Vai" article. I am glad I am now a fan
because of excellent articles like these. Thanks Vai.
When I need a good cry I read the column about Brother Klein now I have one to
add to the reading material. Thanks Vai! It truly makes me think of all the
adults that helped shape the woman/mother/wife/grandmother I have become.
Great stuff! thanks Vai
I always a wonder how the sports page keeps Vai's opinionated messages with
barely a word concerning sports. I not big on opening the sports page
and finding another article of his.Wouldn't his comments be better
suited for the " lifestyle" section ?
Vai- Does the name Larry Mullenaux ring a bell? I believe that you worked with
him when you were in high school or something like that. Anyway, he always spoke
very highly of you. I absolutely love your stories! There should be a movie made
of your life!
NIce story. @TheHailstorm, the DN can put Vai's stories in
Obit and people will find it, so don't fret. It's in Faith. But also
in Sports because he comments on sports issues, as he did so poignantly last
week on his friend Jr Seau. Or, he writes about people like Barbara Nielsen and
Marty Klein - regular folks, like you and me who had an impact on his life.
Just go with it. See for yourself how commenters are impacted by it. Be happy.
@ TheHailstormWhen did life or sport become so one dimensional?
The value of a good, a great teacher. Loved it! She apparently made her mark on
you, Vai, because you have a great writing talent, so human and
down-to-earth.As a teacher, I appreciate your sharing!
Vai I graduated from Mesa High 77 so I'm a proud Jack Rabbit too! I love
reading your columns for dealings of real life but also the spriritual
upliftment they give me. I was so touched by your series about missionaries that
I printed and gave them to my almost mission eligible age wise son and encuraged
him to read them because of the power of the spirit they had. I know he read at
least one and was also touched by the spirit. On May 9, 2012 my wife and I
loaded in to our and drove from our home in Santaquin, UT to the Provo MTC to
begin his mission in of all places the Mesa AZ mission to serve under Pres.
Ellsworth! What a surprise and a joyous blessing to serve in the area where I
grew up, went on a mission, met my wife and was sealed to her in the Mesa
Temple. Thank you for your stories and the inspiriation they are and the example
I'm highly impressed by your efforts to find some of the folks who've
made a difference in your life and grateful that you're sharing these
stories with us. Many years ago I had an impression that I needed
to do what you're doing, but nearly all the folks I wanted to thank had
passed on. One day in the temple it occurred to me to ask the Lord to convey my
gratitude and a report of my life to them. A week or so later I got a message
that those folks appreciated my thinking of them and the message of my gratitude
they got; and they were gratified to learn I had finally grown up and made
something of myself. Lesson learned: It's never too late to
thank those who helped made you what you are.
My High School English teacher was the same way. I think they are BORN with a
red pen in their hands ;-)
VaiLove your articles. Keep up the great work!