You can call it being in the right place at the right time; I call it something more.
I arrived at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH at about 1:05 PM on June 5, 2009. As I entered the door, Jerry Csaki was walking towards me. That was my first sign that I am doing the right thing.
Csaki is with the education component of the Hall of Fame (HOF).
His timing was perfect. He greeted me warmly and started walking me through the galleries.
Csaki gave me a first-class tour of the HOF. I was like a sponge, absorbing the history and eager to pick up any handout or booklet to give me more information.
Then Csaki told me and a group of students from Ohio that there are about 20 million artifacts and archival records in the HOF.
I knew then that I would be making several visits, camping out in the museum just like graduate students do when they are writing their dissertations.
The tour included a visit to the division where files were organized on move-able bookshelves, almost as tall as the ceiling.
There were first issues of sports publications, hundreds of shoes of NFL players, autographed helmets, microfiche files, books, copies of articles or documents related to legal matters, and so much more.
I could go on and on about the richness of the content in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
All I can say is that it will take a series of articles to tip the iceberg of information shelved in that wonderful place in Canton, OH.
What was the icing on the cake today?
Believe it or not, I was at the Hall of Fame at just the right time to see Tony Dungy, the author of at least three books, one of which is for children.
I could have clicked my shoes like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. My guests and I immediately got two tickets and purchased six books. We stood in line to get the great coach and former football player's autograph.
I wrote in an earlier article on June 5, 2009 that I was headed to the HOF to do more research, but I never thought I would get the treat of meeting Tony Dungy.
Let's just say that I am lucky or, if you believe in more than luck, shout out that I have experienced a "Hamesh Hand." According to my research it means; the hamesh hand, or hamsa hand, is a symbol of blessing and protection within the Jewish tradition.
If that definition is too heavy for you just consider that I am beginning to experience being "in the right place at the right time."
Conclusion: Something good is happening.
Photo by Damali: Tony Dungy shaking the hand of a three-year-old whose mother purchased "You can do it."
Note: On Saturday, June 6, Dungy hosts the second annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Father and Kids Experience for a day of football fun, and father and child bonding on Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium at 9:00 AM. Also included is lunch and admission to the museum. Tony Dungy event