Louis once asked me about some of the history of northwestern Oklahoma and I told him about Indian Territory, the establishment of Carlisle Indian School by the American military, and I mentioned the legendary Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlete to ever live, a native of Oklahoma and graduate of Carlisle. I'll never forget that when I finished the story of what I believed to be ancient history, Louis paused, and said, "Jim Thorpe. I knew him well. We were once roommates. I'll never forget how sorry I felt for the way they made him put an a Indian headdress to promote he was from Oklahoma." Startled, I realized that I was in the presence of a 95-year-old man who had been born close to Oklahoma statehood. He then proceeded to tell me how he shared Christ to Jim Thorpe. Louis shook hands with Adolph Hitler, roomed with Jim Thorpe, and is at the center of one of the 20th century's most amazing stories. The indomitable spirit, deep faith, and extraordinary wit of this true American hero have enriched the lives of millions.
I look forward to hearing more stories from you in heaven. See you on the other side.