Installment two of LL, LL, LL

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For those of you who just tuned in, this is the next installment of my memoirs currently in production. The previous installments are available on my web page duanehiatt.com I hope you find this and them interesting.

The book is titled Live Long*, Learn a Little, Laugh a Lot.

Sometime in my third grade, my father told me, if I would save half of the price of a new bicycle, he would pay the other half. He also said that if I preferred I could buy it on time and make monthly payments. Looking down the road (bicycle metaphor) I didn’t want to still be paying for a bike after the excitement and the new had worn off. It took me months, maybe years to cobble together enough nickels and dimes to add up to $25. But doing it that way seemed to be programmed into my eight year old DNA.

The Three D’s first album on Capitol Records was classic poetry set to Dick’s music. Like our other material, we wanted to produce music and words that would have value for a long time, not just cater to the present fads.

When I was an administrator at Brigham Young University’s Division of Continuing Education many schools used the slogan, “Lifelong learning.” Inspired by the Mormon doctrine that we can develop ourselves forever, our slogan at BYU was, “Education for Eternity.”

Apparently about as far back as I have been able to make a decision I have favored long perspectives over short ones. Certainly that’s how I feel today. Without a fine-tuned crystal ball it’s hard to know what the next day, year, decade or lifetime will bring. But I suggest we use the best mental and spiritual tools we have to guide us. I have a six inch level in my tool bag. It’s handy for quick checks. But if I want to really know where the project is going, I drag out the six foot level. The longer the perspective, the more accurate the estimation; that has been my experience.

June 16, 1937 Born Payson City Hospital parking lot and emergency room. Great Grandma Rosetta observed to my mother, “Gladys, a baby with a head that big, you’ll never raise that child.”

1941 Broke nose pushing wagon down hill. Face planted on sidewalk about 3 blocks south east of home, 450 East Utah Avenue, Payson Utah.  Henceforth good nose for smelling around corners.

1942 Tonsils out, “Old Hospital” approximately 120 East Utah Avenue, Payson. At Mom’s request doctor re-broke nose to straighten it. He realigned nose several ways then abandoned the project. Henceforth good nose for guiding through complicated freeway interchanges.

1945 Chipped left front tooth when my friend pulled me into Giant Stride pole, Peteetneet School. Playground. Gave me that hockey player smile popular on the cover of “Gentleman’s Quarterly.”

1946 Chosen as Lincoln model by professional make up artist presenting school assembly Made my own stovepipe hat until Dad made me put the pipe back on the stove.

1947 Started a fight with David Daley, got whipped quickly and solidly, resolved to find other ways of building relationships with people.

1948 Mr. Olson, principle and 5th grade teacher at Peteetneet regretfully announced “The highest I.Q. test score in our class was earned by the silliest acting boy.” I assume they said the same thing about Einstein—the one who started the bagel company not the E=mc2 one.

1949 Met Dick Davis in junior high school when he was still Richard and we were not yet two thirds of The Three D’s.

1950 First ukulele, Deseret News prize for selling a subscription. Gained three chords and a boost to my social life.

1950 Read How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Influenced me the rest of my life.. Great philosophy on relationships. Went to look up David Daley.

1951-52 Student Body President Payson Junior High School, Score one for Dale Carnegie.

1952-53 Summer jobs: Worked at Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho panhandle. The boys from Oklahoma converted me to country music. I’m a fan forever of “Three chords and the truth.”

1953-54 Co-captain Payson High School basketball team A hundred sixty eight pounds of towering muscle.

1954 Captain Payson High football team.  If only my muscles were as big as my head. Played end next to my good friend David Daley playing tackle.

1954 Co-Captain again of Payson High School basketball team; credit sky hook shot and Dale Carnegie

1954 Nose reamed out, but not straightened, by doctor in Provo, Utah, New feeling breathing through twice as many nostrils.

1954-55 Student Body President Payson High School; Score three for Dale Carnegie.

1955 Summer job; Pump jockey at Standard of California service station, Vernal Utah

1955 Enrolled at BYU, Brainy professors, beautiful girls, and basketball. It doesn’t get any better.

1956 Summer job: Worked at Geneva Steel plant, union went on strike. I went back to Vernal

1957-60 LDS mission to Tonga Islands, South Pacific; islands beautiful, people even more so.

1960 Organized The Three D’s with Dick Davis and Denis Sorenson; canyon party turns into a career.

1960 Met Diane; love and spiritual confirmation at first sight (for me, not for her)

1960 Skillful and consistent courting, (another big time score for Dale Carnegie) More important, prayer, fasting, from me (even more effective than Dale) helps Diane catch the vision of our glorious future together for eternity.

Dec. 15, 1961 Married Diane; I obviously helped some little old lady across the street in the pre-existence to win such a bride as this.

1962-1986 Blessed with 10 sons, 5 daughters. Diane also had one miscarriage, and one pregnancy was cancelled with her operation for ovarian cancer in 1986.

1964 Bought home after spiritual conformation at first drive up; a little canyon with foothills and the mighty Wasatch Mountains behind, perfect for our tribe.

1962 Graduated from BYU, BS journalism. “The power of the press is a flaming sword. Hold it high. Guard it well.” (Steve Wilson fictitious reporter on weekly radio program I grew up on.)

1964 Bought first goats to help sons learn responsibility. They also learned creativity. i.c. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime

Give a man a goat, and he’ll be up at six o’clock in the morning for the rest of his life milking the critter.”  (Our son Joe)

1964 Three D’s sign with Capitol Records

1969 The Three D’s became The D’s when Denis left the group. Dick and I went back to the comedy/music format we had used since high school.

1976 Radio announcer, DJ, Marketing director KIXX; country music station. New owner changed the call letters to KFTN “1400 on your dial” when he found out folks were saying, “KIXX is for hicks.” I still think KIXX was better.

1976 Joined BYU administration, later became director of communications for Division of Continuing Education

1976 Writer for Bonneville Communications, won awards for Homefront radio and television spots, many centered on family themes such as, “Give your children everything. Give them your time.”

1976 Chairman of “America’s Freedom Festival at Provo” got the Osmonds to perform. Stadium show was a smashing success. Air show was a crashing flop. Win some lose some.

1977 President of  “America’s Freedom Festival at Provo” successful celebration. One committee member was a visitor from England. He served well, but I’m not sure he caught the vision of Independence Day. He referred to it as, “That unfortunate incident in the colonies.”

1977 Began writing “Spoken Word” and scripts for Mormon Tabernacle Choir

1978 Wrote scripts for “You and Your World,” radio broadcasts for youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

1978 High Council Edgemont Stake; served with some of the best men I have ever known.

1979 Masters Degree in communications from BYU. Meaning is in the ear/eye of the receiver not the mouth/pen of the sender

1986 Bishop of Edgemont Tenth ward

1986 Wrote “Little Epistles” every week to counsel ward members.

1986 Wrote, directed and appeared in the cast of History of KSL radio for their 60th anniversary.

1987 Diane died of ovarian cancer; we’ll be separated for an eye blink in eternity, but it seems like an eternity blinking back tears right now. Keep a long perspective to get through this.

1987 Wrote the book Overcoming Personal Loss for Deseret Book Company.

1987 Met Sharon. How could a woman this beautiful, good, and talented be available? Obviously the Lord saved her for me. That little lady I helped in the pre-existence had clout.

Jan. 15, 1988 Married Sharon. Twice blessed at the marriage alter.

1989 Wrote short speeches for President George Bush and former President Ronald Reagan and script for Mormon Tabernacle Choir 60th anniversary of broadcasts of “Music and the Spoken word”

1989 Took Sharon to Hawaii where we toured the islands giving presentations of Songs and Stories of Church History for stakes and at BYU Hawaii

1990 Bishop of Edgemont Stake young adult ward

2003 Retired from BYU

2003 Diagnosed with prostate cancer, decided against chemo, radiation, or surgery (poisoned, nuked, or sliced and diced.) chose instead a toxin purging, and healthy food and lifestyle program under direction of Dr. Mark Lafferty. We’ll see how it turns out.

2004-2006 Temple veil worker

2006-2008 Mission with Sharon to Caribbean, more beautiful islands and beautiful people

2008– Temple ordinance worker,

2012 Family gives me a surprise “Diamond” birthday party at age 75; who is that wrinkled guy with the receding hairline in the mirror?

2012 Writing and compiling my life history so far

2013 Sharon and my 25th wedding anniversary. How could a man be so blessed? How many streets did I help that lady cross in the pre-existence?

Everybody I know is busy, including me.  Where are those golden years I was planning on of sitting on the back porch picking my guitar? So I will send just one little part of the book at a time. You can give it a quick read and tell me what you think if you would like.

If you would like to give me feedback, click on this link to take the short (2 questions) survey.
Click here to take survey

Also feel free to add comments if you like.

Also, also, feel free to forward this material to anyone you want to.

Next Installment: Sharp eyed man on the gate saves the village from pillage.

For those of you who just tuned in, this is the next installment of my memoirs currently in production. The previous installments are available on my web page duanehiatt.com I hope you find this and them interesting.

The book is titled Live Long*, Learn a Little, Laugh a Lot.

Sometime in my third grade, my father told me, if I would save half of the price of a new bicycle, he would pay the other half. He also said that if I preferred I could buy it on time and make monthly payments. Looking down the road (bicycle metaphor) I didn’t want to still be paying for a bike after the excitement and the new had worn off. It took me months, maybe years to cobble together enough nickels and dimes to add up to $25. But doing it that way seemed to be programmed into my eight year old DNA.

The Three D’s first album on Capitol Records was classic poetry set to Dick’s music. Like our other material, we wanted to produce music and words that would have value for a long time, not just cater to the present fads.

When I was an administrator at Brigham Young University’s Division of Continuing Education many schools used the slogan, “Lifelong learning.” Inspired by the Mormon doctrine that we can develop ourselves forever, our slogan at BYU was, “Education for Eternity.”

Apparently about as far back as I have been able to make a decision I have favored long perspectives over short ones. Certainly that’s how I feel today. Without a fine-tuned crystal ball it’s hard to know what the next day, year, decade or lifetime will bring. But I suggest we use the best mental and spiritual tools we have to guide us. I have a six inch level in my tool bag. It’s handy for quick checks. But if I want to really know where the project is going, I drag out the six foot level. The longer the perspective, the more accurate the estimation; that has been my experience.

June 16, 1937 Born Payson City Hospital parking lot and emergency room. Great Grandma Rosetta observed to my mother, “Gladys, a baby with a head that big, you’ll never raise that child.”

1941 Broke nose pushing wagon down hill. Face planted on sidewalk about 3 blocks south east of home, 450 East Utah Avenue, Payson Utah.  Henceforth good nose for smelling around corners.

1942 Tonsils out, “Old Hospital” approximately 120 East Utah Avenue, Payson. At Mom’s request doctor re-broke nose to straighten it. He realigned nose several ways then abandoned the project. Henceforth good nose for guiding through complicated freeway interchanges.

1945 Chipped left front tooth when my friend pulled me into Giant Stride pole, Peteetneet School. Playground. Gave me that hockey player smile popular on the cover of “Gentleman’s Quarterly.”

1946 Chosen as Lincoln model by professional make up artist presenting school assembly Made my own stovepipe hat until Dad made me put the pipe back on the stove.

1947 Started a fight with David Daley, got whipped quickly and solidly, resolved to find other ways of building relationships with people.

1948 Mr. Olson, principle and 5th grade teacher at Peteetneet regretfully announced “The highest I.Q. test score in our class was earned by the silliest acting boy.” I assume they said the same thing about Einstein—the one who started the bagel company not the E=mc2 one.

1949 Met Dick Davis in junior high school when he was still Richard and we were not yet two thirds of The Three D’s.

1950 First ukulele, Deseret News prize for selling a subscription. Gained three chords and a boost to my social life.

1950 Read How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. Influenced me the rest of my life.. Great philosophy on relationships. Went to look up David Daley.

1951-52 Student Body President Payson Junior High School, Score one for Dale Carnegie.

1952-53 Summer jobs: Worked at Kaniksu National Forest, Idaho panhandle. The boys from Oklahoma converted me to country music. I’m a fan forever of “Three chords and the truth.”

1953-54 Co-captain Payson High School basketball team A hundred sixty eight pounds of towering muscle.

1954 Captain Payson High football team.  If only my muscles were as big as my head. Played end next to my good friend David Daley playing tackle.

1954 Co-Captain again of Payson High School basketball team; credit sky hook shot and Dale Carnegie

1954 Nose reamed out, but not straightened, by doctor in Provo, Utah, New feeling breathing through twice as many nostrils.

1954-55 Student Body President Payson High School; Score three for Dale Carnegie.

1955 Summer job; Pump jockey at Standard of California service station, Vernal Utah

1955 Enrolled at BYU, Brainy professors, beautiful girls, and basketball. It doesn’t get any better.

1956 Summer job: Worked at Geneva Steel plant, union went on strike. I went back to Vernal

1957-60 LDS mission to Tonga Islands, South Pacific; islands beautiful, people even more so.

1960 Organized The Three D’s with Dick Davis and Denis Sorenson; canyon party turns into a career.

1960 Met Diane; love and spiritual confirmation at first sight (for me, not for her)

1960 Skillful and consistent courting, (another big time score for Dale Carnegie) More important, prayer, fasting, from me (even more effective than Dale) helps Diane catch the vision of our glorious future together for eternity.

Dec. 15, 1961 Married Diane; I obviously helped some little old lady across the street in the pre-existence to win such a bride as this.

1962-1986 Blessed with 10 sons, 5 daughters. Diane also had one miscarriage, and one pregnancy was cancelled with her operation for ovarian cancer in 1986.

1964 Bought home after spiritual conformation at first drive up; a little canyon with foothills and the mighty Wasatch Mountains behind, perfect for our tribe.

1962 Graduated from BYU, BS journalism. “The power of the press is a flaming sword. Hold it high. Guard it well.” (Steve Wilson fictitious reporter on weekly radio program I grew up on.)

1964 Bought first goats to help sons learn responsibility. They also learned creativity. i.c. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime

Give a man a goat, and he’ll be up at six o’clock in the morning for the rest of his life milking the critter.”  (Our son Joe)

1964 Three D’s sign with Capitol Records

1969 The Three D’s became The D’s when Denis left the group. Dick and I went back to the comedy/music format we had used since high school.

1976 Radio announcer, DJ, Marketing director KIXX; country music station. New owner changed the call letters to KFTN “1400 on your dial” when he found out folks were saying, “KIXX is for hicks.” I still think KIXX was better.

1976 Joined BYU administration, later became director of communications for Division of Continuing Education

1976 Writer for Bonneville Communications, won awards for Homefront radio and television spots, many centered on family themes such as, “Give your children everything. Give them your time.”

1976 Chairman of “America’s Freedom Festival at Provo” got the Osmonds to perform. Stadium show was a smashing success. Air show was a crashing flop. Win some lose some.

1977 President of  “America’s Freedom Festival at Provo” successful celebration. One committee member was a visitor from England. He served well, but I’m not sure he caught the vision of Independence Day. He referred to it as, “That unfortunate incident in the colonies.”

1977 Began writing “Spoken Word” and scripts for Mormon Tabernacle Choir

1978 Wrote scripts for “You and Your World,” radio broadcasts for youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

1978 High Council Edgemont Stake; served with some of the best men I have ever known.

1979 Masters Degree in communications from BYU. Meaning is in the ear/eye of the receiver not the mouth/pen of the sender

1986 Bishop of Edgemont Tenth ward

1986 Wrote “Little Epistles” every week to counsel ward members.

1986 Wrote, directed and appeared in the cast of History of KSL radio for their 60th anniversary.

1987 Diane died of ovarian cancer; we’ll be separated for an eye blink in eternity, but it seems like an eternity blinking back tears right now. Keep a long perspective to get through this.

1987 Wrote the book Overcoming Personal Loss for Deseret Book Company.

1987 Met Sharon. How could a woman this beautiful, good, and talented be available? Obviously the Lord saved her for me. That little lady I helped in the pre-existence had clout.

Jan. 15, 1988 Married Sharon. Twice blessed at the marriage alter.

1989 Wrote short speeches for President George Bush and former President Ronald Reagan and script for Mormon Tabernacle Choir 60th anniversary of broadcasts of “Music and the Spoken word”

1989 Took Sharon to Hawaii where we toured the islands giving presentations of Songs and Stories of Church History for stakes and at BYU Hawaii

1990 Bishop of Edgemont Stake young adult ward

2003 Retired from BYU

2003 Diagnosed with prostate cancer, decided against chemo, radiation, or surgery (poisoned, nuked, or sliced and diced.) chose instead a toxin purging, and healthy food and lifestyle program under direction of Dr. Mark Lafferty. We’ll see how it turns out.

2004-2006 Temple veil worker

2006-2008 Mission with Sharon to Caribbean, more beautiful islands and beautiful people

2008– Temple ordinance worker,

2012 Family gives me a surprise “Diamond” birthday party at age 75; who is that wrinkled guy with the receding hairline in the mirror?

2012 Writing and compiling my life history so far

2013 Sharon and my 25th wedding anniversary. How could a man be so blessed? How many streets did I help that lady cross in the pre-existence?

Everybody I know is busy, including me.  Where are those golden years I was planning on of sitting on the back porch picking my guitar? So I will send just one little part of the book at a time. You can give it a quick read and tell me what you think if you would like.

If you would like to give me feedback, click on this link to take the short (2 questions) survey.
Click here to take survey

Also feel free to add comments if you like.

Also, also, feel free to forward this material to anyone you want to.

Next Installment: Sharp eyed man on the gate saves the village from pillage.

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