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People Talk:Who inspired you to be who you are? (other than your parents)

By From page A4 | May 02, 2012

 

Laurie Edwards, Cameron Park: “Motorcycle Bob Mutchler. He’s handicapped from having Polio as a boy. It was a rough childhood, both physically and emotionally. In 1998 he began long-distance motorcycle riding with a sidecar for his crutches. He set all these distance records. Since then he’s ridden 1.3 million miles for Polio research.”

Ted Robinson, Rancho Cordova: “Everything I am today is due to my grandpa John Oelkers. He was stone deaf and lame, just a poor janitor. Right after his wife’s funeral he walked right in front of a car. He lost his arm and his life savings."

Bill Tobin, El Dorado Hills: “My grandfather Elwin Letendre. He was the principal at Berkeley High School and inspired my passion for supporting education.”

Dara Ramsbotham, El Dorado Hills: “Miss Dolly, my summer camp mentor. Starting at age 9 I spent eight summers at a girl’s sleepover camp in Tennessee. She loved the outdoors and taught us independence, determination and caring.”

Whitney Kahn, Folsom: “Ruby Newell-Legner, she’s my hero. She trains park and rec professionals. After the first workshop I attended I came back ready to take the parks and rec world by storm. She inspired me to be a more compassionate supervisor.”

 

Mike Roberts

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