Invisible Heros

Roy H. Williams · January 06, 2014

When I was nineteen, I spent every Saturday from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the control room of a low-power Christian radio station on the AM dial in Oklahoma. Our Saturday program line-up was mostly local guys with a message in their heart and thirty dollars in their pocket. Dick Bailey was one of those guys.

Nine hours came to about twenty dollars a week after taxes, but Pennie and I needed the money, so every Friday I would hurry home after eleven hours in a welding shop, sleep about five […]

Roy H. Williams · December 30, 2013

Joseph is a weak and sickly Hungarian teenager with a dream of adventure. Rejected by the Hungarian Army because of his poor eyesight and fragile frame, Joe is accepted by the Union Army of the United States and travels to America to fight in our civil war.

Miraculously, Joe survives the war and moves to St. Louis, where he accepts a job burying the dead during a cholera epidemic. Three years later, he competes in a special election to fill a seat in the lower house of the state […]

Roy H. Williams · December 23, 2013

While traveling in France, Mr. William Lederer witnessed an incident involving an American sailor that touched him so deeply he sent the following letter to the chief of naval operations in Washington, D.C. The letter is taken from the amazing book, Letters of a Nation, edited by our pal, Andrew Carroll.

Admiral David L. McDonald, USN
Chief of Naval Operations
Washington, D.C.

Dear Admiral McDonald,

Eighteen people asked me to write this letter to you. Last year at Christmas […]

Roy H. Williams · December 16, 2013

Orphaned at the age of 7, she’s a black, self-made millionaire who offers powerful advice to all who will listen. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success,” she once commented, “and if there is, I’ve not found it. If I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” To teenagers she says, “Don’t sit and wait for opportunities to come, you have to get up and make them.” But it’s on the subject of civil rights that her voice rings out most […]

Roy H. Williams · December 09, 2013

Eisuke had a university degree in economics and another in mathematics, but his true love was his music. His wife, Isoko, was the granddaughter of Zenjiro Yasuda, the founder of the Yasuda Bank and one of the world’s richest men. Zenjiro Yasuda had amassed a personal fortune of more than one billion dollars before his death. The Yasuda family was not happy when Isoko fell in love with a musician.

Eisuke’s little girl was born on her grandfather’s palatial estate overlooking Tokyo, […]

Roy H. Williams · December 02, 2013

It was all a big mistake. A shipment of pocket watches arrived at the train station addressed to a jeweler in Redwood Falls. The startled jeweler told the young railway agent that he never ordered the watches and refused to pay for them. The young railway agent, Richard Sears, decided to purchase the shipment of watches himself.

Evidently there was something magical about that shipment. Whoever accepted those watches was destined and fated to become rich. Either that, or a lowly railway […]

Roy H. Williams · November 25, 2013

America’s Thanksgiving holiday originated when the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for sending them an Indian friend named Squanto. This much you already knew. What you didn’t know is that long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, this same Squanto had been captured by two English sea captains, George Weymouth and John Hunt, and abused as a slave for fourteen years. Squanto had […]

Roy H. Williams · November 18, 2013

“Band-Aid Beige” is the only way to describe the color of the car I just bought. My friend Tony calls it “Caucasian.” Either way, I’m pretty sure it’s the only Corvette in the world ever to be painted this color.

Tony and I suspect that some guy in a paint booth at General Motors was bored out of his wits one afternoon and said, “I think I’ll paint the next Corvette beige, just to see what it looks like.” When he saw the car in the drying room later that afternoon, he […]

Roy H. Williams · November 11, 2013

Jimmy was an abandoned baby. Mabel, a widow deep in poverty with two hungry children of her own. Washing other people’s laundry ten hours a day, Mabel earns barely enough money to keep them fed. To keep a roof over their heads, she works for a real estate man who moves her and the children from shack to shack to “clean them up and make them salable.” But poor though she is, Mabel can’t watch a baby go unloved, so she makes room in her home and her heart for Jimmy.

Throughout his […]

Dylan Alexander · November 06, 2013

Invisible: concealed from sight; hidden.

Hero: a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities.

The Invisible Hero is always around. In a “We” Cycle  such as ours, where small actions can make a big difference, the Invisible Hero’s work may not draw attention to itself, but it’s having an impact on the family, the community, the company, the province, the nation, sometimes even the planet. In many cases, we are those Heroes, and we […]