I have been wanting to write this for a few weeks ...
Last month I visited the George Bush Library and Museum on the Texas A&M campus. If you haven't gone, do, even if you don't agree with his politics. It's an impressive collection of the man who served in WWII and would go on to a long and successful political career.
On my way out the of the museum I stopped at a large computer that serves as a database for his Daily Point of Light Award for individuals making a difference. It was part of Bush's campaign in 1988, and he eventually implemented the program into his presidency. You may remember former Saturday Night Live player Dana Carvey's impersonation of Bush and his constant use of "A thousand points of light" when he couldn't think of anything else to say.
Why is this relevant?
I'm not certain of the year, but during Bush's presidency my father, Ted Engel, was recognized as a "Point of Light" for a program that he installed for area public schools while he worked for the Kroger Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.
As a son who only vaguely remembers his father meeting the President at the airport and getting a tour of Air Force One, I wasn't sure what it all meant.
What I will always remember is the surge of pride when I navigated this "Points of Light" system and read his name.
- Mac Engel
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