Dave Longaberger passed away eleven years ago today.
His contributions to our community are incalculable. The
employment, the opportunities, the philanthropy- it is
hard to know where to start.
I think what we miss the most is his vision, his attitude,
his strength of character, and his creative energy.
The following is taken from his book, Longaberger: An
"My vision is the good, old-fashioned kind, not nearly as
exciting as a divine revelation. My vision is the result of
hard work and burning determination. I've put in long
hours, and I've done a lot of thinking about solutions to
my problems. I think back to my past experiences. And
I think about where I'd like to be in the future and what
it will take to get there. I allow my imagination to wander
without limits. I think outside the box. This is where
people have said, 'There he goes again. Popeye just went
off the deep end.' Let them say what they want. I refuse
to allow them to restrain my thinking or dictate what I do."