100 Facts About Me

Currently Twitter is running a special thread of tweets with the title “100 Facts About Me.”  I thought I would list my 100 facts here on the blog.  Those of you who have known me for awhile may learn a thing or two about me.  Those who are new to this site will probably learn quite a few things.  So here we go.

 

 

  1. I am a product of a mixed marriage.  My father is from Oklahoma and my mother is from Arkansas.
  2. I spent 3 weeks studying in Israel in 1981.
  3. I have 4 children.
  4. I met with Bill Clinton when he was the governor of Arkansas.
  5. I am the oldest grandchild on my mother’s side of the family and the next to youngest on my father’s.
  6. I have 3 grandchildren.
  7. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University.
  8. I love going to the beach.
  9. I taught a course of Systematic Theology in Russia.
  10. My favorite sports team is the Oklahoma Sooners football team.
  11. I have the baseball that my son, Cameron, hit for his only home run as a collegiate athlete.
  12. The last concert I attended was to see Toby Keith.
  13. I was a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
  14. I taught a course for the European Baptist Convention meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland.
  15. My favorite historical figure is Ulrich Zwingli.
  16. I have type 2 diabetes.
  17. I attended the NCAA National Championship football game between Oklahoma and Florida.
  18. I have picked cotton.
  19. I was the first quarterback for the Aviano American High School football team.
  20. I made 1 All-American team as a quarterback at Sapulpa High School in Oklahoma.
  21. I took piano lessons while in elementary school.
  22. My favorite game as a youngster was Strat-O-Matic baseball.
  23. I graduated with a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis.
  24. I have taken courses in 5 foreign languages.
  25. I had season tickets to the Arkansas Razorbacks football games in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  26. My college buddy was Todd Littleton.
  27. I scored 50 points in a faculty-varsity basketball game at Red Rock High School in Oklahoma.
  28. I was Soldier of the Year when stationed in Germany.
  29. I have attended a few Kentucky Derby races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
  30. I have had 1 surgery in life for a broken thumb injured in football practice.
  31. I am an honorary Kentucky Colonel.
  32. I have married twice – once at the age of 16 and the other at 44.
  33. I was present in the delivery room for the birth of my two daughters.
  34. I have been in the stands to watch 7 Heisman Trophy winners.
  35. I have a store on ebay.
  36. I attended the watch party for Mike Huckabee’s first political election for Lt. Governor in Arkansas.
  37. I was named one of the Outstanding Young Americans.
  38. I was a high school baseball umpire for a few seasons.
  39. My favorite NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys.
  40. I did PhD studies in Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
  41. My first car was a Chevrolet Vega.
  42. My first job was bagging groceries at the commissary at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy.
  43. I have attended a Barrett-Jackson car show.
  44. I spent a week and a half on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
  45. I have a cat named Figaro.
  46. My first words to my wife, Suzie: “Excuse me.  Would you like to dance?”
  47. Suzie and I were wed in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
  48. I threw the first touchdown pass in the Sapulpa High School stadium.
  49. I threw a no-hitter in Little League baseball.
  50. I am a member of the Zeta Chi chapter of the Mortar Board National Honor Society.
  51. I attended the first PGA tournament held at Valhalla in Louisville.
  52. I have a bookstore on Amazon.
  53. I have worked at 8 different hotels.
  54. I have preached in a church and at the central park in Guatamala City.
  55. I have preached to prisoners and officials in a Russian gulag.
  56. I am a member of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach.
  57. My first pastorate was for First Baptist Church in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
  58. I am the honorary member of two Native American tribes.
  59. I have visited the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany.
  60. I was in attendance for the first ever gathering of Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem.
  61. I sat next to Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton in a theater watching the movie “Avalon.”
  62. I have attended two different Billy Graham crusades.
  63. I spent a day on my own behind the Iron Curtain.
  64. I have flown in a crop duster airplane.
  65. I have been to Disney World more than a dozen times.
  66. I have attended Biketoberfest in Daytona.
  67. I was the team chaplain for the University of Arkansas – Little Rock basketball team.
  68. I once performed CPR on an Israeli soldier.
  69. My biggest newspaper headline: “Gantz TD Jaunt Lifts Chiefs.”
  70. The first NFL game I attended had Dan Marino and Joe Montana playing quarterback.
  71. I have been close enough to watch both tornadoes and hurricanes.
  72. I have chopped ice with an ax on a frozen pond to allow cows to drink.
  73. My favorite musical is Les Miserables with Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver close behind.
  74. I have lived in 20 cities and towns.
  75. Snorkeling is one of my favorite past time events.
  76. I think I have read Psalm 51 more times than any chapter in the Bible.
  77. I have over 1,000 followers on Twitter.
  78. I have 34 first cousins.
  79. I preached the funeral of my grandmother.
  80. I planted a church in Louisville, Kentucky.
  81. I have watched the take off of a space shuttle.
  82. I have watched the sun rise on the beach.
  83. I once played in a benefit football game against a team of convicts from the state prison.
  84. Once I rescued a person from a burning vehicle.
  85. I have O Positive blood.
  86. I am 6 feet and two inches tall.
  87. I have had 3 broken bones, all as a result of sports.
  88. I really love my wife.
  89. I once had a library of over 3,000 books.
  90. My favorite food is Tex-Mex.
  91. I have been to Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
  92. I have eaten a hot sauce so hot it made me cry and took my breath away.
  93. I have had breakfast at a table next to the author James Patterson.
  94. I spent an evening with the guy who played Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch.
  95. I saw Colonel Sanders at a gas station in Ft. Worth, Texas.
  96. I have sold furniture for two different retail companies.
  97. I won 3rd prize in a 3rd grade art contest.
  98. I have headed up several bike-a-thons to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
  99. I scored three touchdowns in one high school football game in Tulsa.
  100. I baptized all 4 of my children.

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  • Jesse Bush

    I enjoyed all 100 & I did find out some things I didn’t know about you. I also found out we have more in common then I thought. I am O+; the Holiday Inn is my 8th hotel; I am guilty as charged as I really love my wife as well; I pulled a lady to safety when she jumped off the wing of the airplane she was in that just crashed at LaGuardia; I only once saw the space shuttle take off, but it did not make it to space as it blew up; my wife & I have watched the sun rise on the beach & I have watched it many times sitting on the my sailboat when it was in Key Largo; I was at the opening of Epcot & loved it; our youngest daughter also loves Disney & said “keep the memory” which we repeat often; I’ve been to the Barrett-Jackson show & hope to get you tickets to attend again next week; I flew a bi-plane & a glider, but let the real pilot land them; and my first job was a bag boy @ Winn-Dixie.
    All the best,
    Jesse

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jesse. I’m sure we will find more we have in common as the days progress.