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October 10, 2013



Very nice and touching story. Hope all of us can be so fortunate.


Is this real?
I have heard such stories from "old timers". Where have such people gone?

From Lion City (Singapore)

Nice to know some more about your younger days. One really needs to be lucky have nice people around. But one has a choice to be oneself.

One question - what is a penpal? And how did you have one at that age in india? I remember a friend if mine mentioning when we were. In school.

Your attitude really disguises your age. Did not realize you have worked for 38 years.

friends (recieved by email. Posted by FR team)

1. that’s such a heartwarming story. Thanks for making a great start to my Saturday morning. And thanks for the reminder for Bosses Day.

2. I have learned so much over the years from your column.
Regards and Thank you.You have a wonderful Bosses Day!

3. That one kind of got me “teary-eyed”. It made me remember a couple great coaches, a few great teachers and even an NCO, (non-commissioned officer commonly known as a “Sergeant”), that treated me with respect and helped make me a better athlete, student and man respectively.Just wanted to say thanks for your words of wisdom and encouragement over the years.


this story remind me of two previous stories
Good teachers teach from the heart not books
To Sir With Love

Having good, caring boss like Mr.Joe Z make big productive improvement. also winning team of motivated employees.


Thanks for sharing!
It reminds me my old days too. And my glory and success were when I was in the line and discussed with people there to solve problems as an engineer.

My first boss taught me even very tribial things such as how to use 'To' and 'cc' list in an email, and why simple summary should come first with organized template to make it easy to see for others and management, etc.

It's a shame and regret that I didn't ask him to meet and talk even though I know where he is and we can meet...


Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story.


One really has to be lucky to find such mentors. Thanks for sharing!


Nice story. I was out all last week in PA so I missed much of my reading, although I did do much shooting.

MAT pioneer

Interesting point, I recently ran into one of those people myself, so I have a vivid example of what you are talking about.


A good boss, a caring leader, who can believe in his people and focus on extending their capabilities and achievements, rather than crushing them for their mistakes, is more important than a high salary. (By many orders of magnitude). I am very thankful for many bosses that have helped me in my life.

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