Harmon Killebrew

Today is Harmon Killebrew’s funeral.  As fate would have it, the Twins are playing in Phoenix Arizona, and so they are able to participate in the funeral as pallbearers.  How fitting.

As I was listening to Soucheray’s radio show, they kept referring to him as a “hero” and it finally occurred to me that he was and still is my very first boyhood hero.  As a boy growing up in St Louis Park, I had a genuine Harmon Killebrew Louisville Slugger baseball bat.  What a magnificent piece of timber it was, heavy, long, a big grip.  Most of the kids on my block could barely lift it much less swing it.   Man, I could hit homers out of our little dirt-lot ball field all day long with that bat.  Just like my hero, Harmon.

Everybody that is anybody in baseball gets a nickname, and Harmon’s was “the Killer,” which considering the great soul he had, was sort of ironic.  He was a great, kind, and generous man.  He never got angry, and was always in a good mood no matter how the Twins fortunes were going.  Many years back my son and I were at Twins Fest one winter in the Metrodome, and I got a picture of Harmon, my son, and I that was taken and made to look like a baseball card.  I have it hanging on the wall of my office, with Wally the Beerman, another baseball picture of my son, and 1963 American League home run leaders card that features Harmon, Dick Stuart, and Bob Allison, another Twin.

The world is a better place because Harmon Killebrew was in it.  I already miss him.  Rest well.


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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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