I was born in Chicago eight years before the White Sox fell to the Dodgers 2-4 in the World Series. Our two flat on the near west side was 1.5 blocks from Mount Sinai hospital where my mom and dad welcomed me into the world.  My dad grew up in that same neighborhood and attended the same school, Ambrose Plamondon. We even had the same eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Hartman. We moved out of that bungalow to a ranch house in Des Plaines in 1963, exactly three miles from the end of runway 14L at KORD. I went to Dempster Jr. High School, Forest View High School and graduated from Elk Grove High School, with its first class of seniors in 1968. I lost my dorm deposit to Grant South Towers at Northern Illinois, diverting to Northwestern University where I played baseball and met my wife Sherry. Drafted in the 19th round by the New York Yankees, I played professionally for a couple years, retiring in 1973. The highlight of those Yankee years was becoming a follower of Jesus Christ on July 1, 1972, with loving encouragement from Sherry, the mentoring of Bob Foster Sr. of Lost Valley Ranch and some Navigator Bible Studies.

Since being born anew in 1972, marriage in 1973, beginning a 34 year career at IBM in 1974 and the birth of our sons Bill, Andrew and Peter in 1978, 1980 and 1983, I have been seeking to grow more in my Christian faith. By God’s grace, I continue to work out my salvation with fear and trembling, trusting that it is God who works in me to will and to act according to His good purpose. (Philippians 2:12b-13)


  1. Bob: thanks for sharing your blog, faith and story with me.

    I am looking forward to reading your entries.

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