Sorry that it’s been awhile since a post. My soil conservation work cleaning up Lake Erie has kept my occupied. Christmas came, and there was the rush to sign books and get them under Christmas Trees everywhere (including the nice lady who drove 30 miles to my house to pick one up at 4:30 Christmas Eve!) Then there was the Buckeye’s incredible run – slicing and dicing the Badgers, rolling the Tide, then bringing down a whole wave of Ducks! Boy was that fun! Never in history will the domino’s line up and fall like that again! Years from now they’ll be talking about how history was made, and we had the front row seats! The best Championships are those no one expects you to win!
It’s a bit like Myles Traveled. I can’t tell you how many people rolled their eyes when I told them I was working on a book. I can’t count the number who – with their body language, if not their lips – told me “It ainta never gonna get published!” And of course there were the publishing companies we sent the manuscript to who never replied. I could tell you how many of those there were… but I won’t.
Instead there are folks like Chris, who make all that worthwhile. I sold a book to Chris the afternoon of Jan 22nd. The next morning there was an email in my box that I was “in trouble.” I started reading Myles Traveled at bedtime last night”, Chris wrote, “and I couldn’t put it down. I read for 3 hours. It was after midnight!” Three days later Chris had finished the book and sent me the following email to give to Coach Myles. Things like this make one’s day:
Mr. Bill Myles,
I recently read your book Myles Traveled and wow! I was totally immersed and could not put it down and read it in one weekend. I am a 1976 graduate of The Ohio State University. Steve Davis introduced me to your biography and let’s just say my college days came flooding back due to your narrative.
While I never got to play college ball I did play high level high school ball and got noticed by small colleges but really wanted to go to Ohio State. I went onto to the intramural fields of OSU and played tackle football without equipment against fellow collegians. Woody was rumored to have watched us and shake his head as to how nuts we were to play without equipment. We were all Buckeye Wanabes. In 1975 I got to assist for one month on Woody’s spring training drills as an athletic trainer. I witnessed Archie getting tackled by a second string linebacker trying to impress George Hill. Woody was not impressed and scolded this fellow to no end, as he had just reminded everyone this was a no tackle drill. But this pumped up linebacker did not pay attention and hammered Archie pretty nicely. Needless to say George secretly smiled and Woody grimaced and had his classic fit. I actually yelled “nice hit Doug” and of course I was looked upon unfavorably. As it turns out the hitter was none other than Doug plank who made first string the following season. Unfortunately I did not make the cut as a trainer. I still loved Woody and what he brought to Ohio state and your book reminded me why.
God bless you and your family and Go Bucks! Your book has all the stuff for a made for movie script and you should have Steve pitch it for that.
This biography is full of history, football knowledge and is outright inspirational. It is a treasure. God bless you and Steve and your family.
Fond regards and best wishes,