|Oklahoma State University’s Edmon Low Library|
My faith in America’s youth was reinforced last week on the beautiful campus of my alma mater, Oklahoma State University. When my book, Prague: My Long Journey Home, was published ten months ago, I was concerned that the only readers interested in my story would be older Americans with memories of World War II. At OSU, I had the opportunity to speak about the book and my experiences in front of a number of audiences — sometimes alone and sometimes sharing the podium with my friend, fellow OSU Cowboy and memoirist, Chic Dambach. I was amazed and heartened by the interest in, and knowledge of, the war and the Holocaust by so many OSU students. They were amazing — and they made me extremely proud.
Both Chic and I discussed with the students how our respective books and personal stories related to leadership. OSU not only has a Center for Ethical Leadership, but the subject of Leadership pervades the campus — it is included in various curricula and courses. It is taken very seriously by administration, faculty, and students. I left Stillwater knowing that the future is in good hands.