Written by Erren Harter
William Martin, better known as Billy passed away last Friday. He was almost 77, but way too young to die.
Billy was good at a lot of things: among them: being a cowboy, as a commodity broker, investor, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, sportsman, world class cook and story teller.
His golfing legacy is strong having won multiple championships including the Emporia Country Club and EmporiaCity titles. In the local golfing community when you mentioned "Billy," everyone knew about whom you spoke.
Billy always had a story to share. Some were true often about hunting or fishing, but his most memorable moments were when he told jokes or tall tales.
With that in mind the following Forrest Gump story made me think of Billy and how he might have told this story.
Please don't be confused. I'm not drawing a parallel between Billy and Forrest Gump although Billy could slip into his country boy persona when necessary.
Seems Forrest Gump died and approached Heaven's Gate where St. Peter informed him there would be a three question test to enter.
Question #1 was: "There are 2 days of the week beginning with the letter T, name them.”
Forrest thought and answered “Today and Tomorrow.”
St. Peter said "Not exactly what I was looking for, but you aren't wrong, so carry on."
Question #2. was: “How many seconds are there in a year?”
Forrest took some time on this one and then replied " That's really hard, but it has to be 12."
St. Pete sighed and said "How did you come up with 12 Forrest?"
"Well, there’s January second; February second; March second.......
"O.K. said St. Peter you got me, so here's number three. What is God's first name?"
Without any pause Forrest Gump replied, "That's easy - it's Andy."
"Andy" St. Peter gasped, "How did you decide that?"
Forrest blurted, "It's in the song silly - Andy he walks with me; Andy talk with me; Andy he tells me I am his own.”
St. Pete opened the gates and said "Run, Forrest, run."
Billy Martin might very well have told that story!
Not sure if they get the Golf Channel in heaven, but if they do you can bet Billy has St. Peter watching with him maybe even taking notes.
Hit’em pure Billy!
I’m Steve Sauder