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....When a Legend Calls?......
 
It is odd how now and again the retriever training forum can change your day. This morning, the way my day was set up today, with the warmth compared to the other. I was out in my dog poop riddled, snow melting and exposing, back yard with scoop and bucket working on remote sits with a young dog and an old psycho one. Voice and pooper scoop are very good training tools. But I digress, as usual. So, come in 'round about 8:30 for a second cup and the cell phone laying on the kitchen table lights up. Unrecognized number, the phone tells me. So I give the warm hello and the strong, friendly voice says "Hello Ken, I'm _____ _____. And I say "Excuse me?":eek: And he repeats his name and then tells me he reads this stuff I type on the RTF and likes some of it. I am stunned! I actually cannot believe who I am talking to. And what a great, one hour + conversation! The history of the fun game we all play that is bouncing around in this persons head is, as folk are passing on, and on. is almost unparalleled. We know so many of the same folks he and I.
It was the type of conversation that, on a warm and Sunny Vermont day with all the training ponds still iced over just booted me in the backside to go back out on the lawn and keep working my dogs. It was a conversation that because of the talking style of the both of us ( talk the same way I type) was like riding a dolphin, it branched way off from it's intended porpoise. It touched on many of the people we both know. Some of the RTF personalities we both like, dislike, and enjoy poking, for fun. The history of the sport. The future of the sport. And the big "why are there so few new folks" 500 pound gorilla. The reason he called was because I had responded to his last post he had typed here on the RTF. It was just a simple paragraph thanking him for participating.
And the reason for this post you all ask????????? I would like the new folk and the say middle, been in it for a while folk. To make an effort to reach out and have a conversation with a grizzled veteran of running dogs. Just let them tell you stories. Remember the names they speak of. Much of the game we play only has an oral history.
The elder ones are the cool ones!
Now I am not going to tell you who called me. I could let you guess, I guess. His name, well the name he goes by. Reminds me of a Medieval knight, and his last name is not a primary or a secondary color. But let me just say Thank You for the call and the unintentional motivation Mr. _____. And I sincerely hope you remain your actual, factual, tell it the way you see it, type of person. Your kind ain't meant to be politically correct and every now and again, we need that. Both RTF, the dogs games, and the world in general.
Thank you all for reading, now go talk to an old fart!;-)
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Thank you all for reading, now go talk to an old fart!;-)
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Good read, Ken. Oh, I talk to myself all the time. Does that count? :p
 

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Sir Lancelot (Launcelot) -- named du Lac ("of the Lake")..... :)
 

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Lanse Brown? He would be fun to chat with.

I have no idea his age, but I think it would be fun to train/chat with Al Wilson. I honestly didn't know he existed until I bought my most resent pup and got to digging into all of Mr Wilson's accomplishments as a trainer.... WOW.
 
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It doesn't take that much to get a phone call from him, believe me. It doesn't put you on the A list or anything.
 

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Lanse Brown? He would be fun to chat with.

I have no idea his age, but I think it would be fun to train/chat with Al Wilson. I honestly didn't know he existed until I bought my most resent pup and got to digging into all of Mr Wilson's accomplishments as a trainer.... WOW.




Al's a great guy and the most amazing part of his accomplishments is that he hasnt been in the game all that long. I'm thinkin 12 to 14 years.
 

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it's not so much the who Melanie, but the what. The encouragement or motivation.
When you senior folk take the time to share the history with us wee younger ones.
We should listen to you all, is all:cool:.
 
 
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it's not so much the who Melanie, but the what. The encouragement or motivation.
When you senior folk take the time to share the history with us wee younger ones.
We should listen to you all, is all:cool:.
 
 
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Wow, thanks Ken, I am flattered. :) I am by no means a senior folk in this game, but I do appreciate the compliment.

And I agree Steve, Al is definitely someone worth spending time with.
 

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Thank you all for reading, now go talk to an old fart!

Ken, I don't know who you are talking about, but your post hit home with me. I am 6 years into the hunt test game and just starting to play with the white coats with old dog and new pup. I had a chance to train and become friends with an old FT Hall of Famer who use to train in CA with Rex Carr. One of my most enjoyable afternoons of last summer was sitting by the training ponds after training, eating his wifes homemade jalapeno jelly, and listening to him tell stories about dogs, judging and Rex and some other famous dog people. Although the current FT game is leaving some of these old timers behind, they have more knowledge than I will probably ever accumulate. I felt honored to talk with somebody who helped develop this sport and it has changed the way I look at things with my dog and this sport. These people with intimate knowledge of the beginings are leaving us reguarly, so as Ken says, "got talk to an old fart", your life will be enriched.
 

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Lanse Brown? He would be fun to chat with.

I have no idea his age, but I think it would be fun to train/chat with Al Wilson. I honestly didn't know he existed until I bought my most resent pup and got to digging into all of Mr Wilson's accomplishments as a trainer.... WOW.
Lanse just turned 72 last Nov...and you better have unlimited minutes on you cell phone,a strong bladder, and no where to go....;)

Al Wilson is one of the nicest, most helpful GENTLEMEN of the retriever games,always cheerful and upbeat..equally ready to discuss Kansas State football or hoops (former KSU professor) and willing to help anyone interested...fun guy to train with or sit in the gallery and analyze the dog work :D:D
 

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Lanse just turned 72 last Nov...and you better have unlimited minutes on you cell phone,a strong bladder, and no where to go....;)

Al Wilson is one of the nicest, most helpful GENTLEMEN of the retriever games,always cheerful and upbeat..equally ready to discuss Kansas State football or hoops (former KSU professor) and willing to help anyone interested...fun guy to train with or sit in the gallery and analyze the dog work :D:D
So that should have been Dr. Wilson....

Sorry to hijack your thread Ken.
 

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It was the older guys who got me into this and who kept me at it when some of the younger "wiseacres" were so discouraging! They also had something to do with forming some of my views on the sport in general and a few "bad seeds" that have more influence than they deserve.

Don't trust anyone under 70!;)
 

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So that should have been Dr. Wilson....

Sorry to hijack your thread Ken.
he would rather you address him as Al....dont even think he likes the Professor Wilson tag either, which is what makes him so cool..very unpretentious...likes to hang out with the commoners and eat at Five Guys and tell funny stories..
 

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he would rather you address him as Al....dont even think he likes the Professor Wilson tag either, which is what makes him so cool..very unpretentious...likes to hang out with the commoners and eat at Five Guys and tell funny stories..

Sounds like a nice man. I hope someday to be able to listen to their stories.
 

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Lanse just turned 72 last Nov...and you better have unlimited minutes on you cell phone,a strong bladder, and no where to go....;)

Al Wilson is one of the nicest, most helpful GENTLEMEN of the retriever games,always cheerful and upbeat..equally ready to discuss Kansas State football or hoops (former KSU professor) and willing to help anyone interested...fun guy to train with or sit in the gallery and analyze the dog work :D:D
Where have you been hiding?
 

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Bon's been hiding in the POTUS place. LOL!
 

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Ken, thanks for sharing.

I have had the opportunity to sit down to talk with some of the old timers from my neck of the woods over the years. Great stuff.
 
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