Introducing some local 'tough guys'

Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 2:46 p.m. CDT

When I told my editor about some interviews I had scheduled on a recent Friday, she joked that it would be the “tough guys’ issue.”

We both laughed, but then I realized she was right.

I started the morning interviewing two World War II veterans. One had to cross Utah Beach on D-Day when his LST was disabled and the other was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge, one of the bloodiest battles of the war in the European Theater. They certainly were the tough guys of their era.

Then I interviewed a couple of kickboxers. Need I say more about how tough these guys are?

I don’t understand any sport that involves pain, but they say they love the adrenaline rush. And both men that I interviewed finished title bouts after receiving a broken arm.

And I ended my afternoon with some American Legion Riders. Not only do they ride motorcycles, but most are veterans; all are members of a Legion organization.

It was just really interesting and fun to interview so many people in one day on such a variety of subjects.

Obviously, women could fit into any of these roles, too. We have plenty of female veterans and motorcycle riders. I can’t speak about kickboxers. I’m sure there are women out there who do that competitively, I just don’t know any of them.

So, what do you say, ladies? I would love to hear about the tough ladies. I know there are women out there who have dealt with adversity in life, who have fascinating stories to tell.

Drop me an email and let me share your story.

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