To the Adirondack Journal:
I always liked the graveled voice of Louis Armstrong. He also played a pretty good horn. I also liked the sentiments expressed through some of the songs he played.
At one time I worked for an international corporation and was asked, on several occasions, to organize the chairman’s annual corporate management conference. It was held in early December.
At one conference, prior to the wrap-up dinner, I presented a slide show, and it invoked Louis’ lyrics. I had quietly collected photographs of my worldwide colleagues ‘children. They were displayed in the slide show, presented at the small theater beneath the United Nations Secretariat Building in Manhattan, just prior to our concluding banquet. Louis sang on screen, “I see trees of green, red roses too….. and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
In a subsequent year, I put together a similar meeting in New York. I remembered another part of Louis’ song. It said, ”I see skies of blue and clouds of white…and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
I thought….why not have a cocktail reception looking toward a western sunset. High risk, but I lucked out. The sunset was gorgeous! After cocktails we moved upstairs for dinner -- to “Windows on the World,” on the 102nd floor of the World Trade Center. It’s not there anymore. You know why.
Celebrate your holiday and heritage. Relate to Louis when he says, “I see friends shakin’ hands, sayin’ ‘How do you do?’....They’re really saying ‘I love you.’“
This sentiment can outlast even a thousand-story building.
Give someone you encounter today a great big hug. Together we can work on this Wonderful World project. I think Louis would like that “….Oh, yeah !”