the edge of a wild man


Rodney Schumacher
August 8, 1932 – January 2, 2015

Rod Schumacher, passed away very suddenly on January 2, 2015.

He was the father of my college roomate, Cal.

He was a really funny guy and a person who always made everyone feel welcome.

He made his living as a farmer.

I would help him from time-to-time with farm chores such as bailing hay and straw, feeding cattle, cleaning pens, hauling manure, etc.

All tasks a city boy like myself never did very well.  Something he never let me forget!

I will never forget the first time I met him.

I was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin.

Rod was a very large man, tall and 300+ pounds.

When he entered our room, he stopped and took a very long look at me.

He then stepped forward just a few inches from my face in my personal space and said in a very loud voice, “You look like a wild man!”

I can understand why he might form that impression.

At that time, I still HAD hair and it was long enough to be in a pony tail.

I had a beard and mustache as well.

I don’t think he ever changed his impression of me.

I am ok with that.

I did not have much of a chance to talk to him lately.

However, in the past year I was able to spend several hours talking to him at a wedding.

I am very glad I made the effort to do so.

What is your edge of the impression we leave on people?

What is your edge of the impressions people leave on us?

Is there some impression you want change?

Are you a different person than your were when it was made?

Are you willing to make the effort to do it?  Before it may be too late?

Even without hair, the “wild man” is still…

Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award winning book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.