I received a text on Sunday evening from Gary Black. Readers of Myles Traveled will remember Gary as the All City quarterback that Bill Myles once kicked off his team for “slacking”. The text was accompanied by a photo of a very young Bill Myles and a very “repentant and reformed” Gary Black, both in suits and ties, at the signing of Gary’s letter of intent to play college football. Gary wanted me to know he had just completed his Ph.D in Leadership and Management and that the motivation had come from Coach Myles. Ironically Gary’s thesis was titled Connection of Self-Awareness to Ethical and Participative Leadership in the Decision Making Process. The ole coach has still been influencing after all these years.