Thursday, September 27, 2007

Quote of the Day

"This week marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of one of this city’s, state’s and country’s greatest citizens. Peter J. Harkins, noted author, writer, ombudsman, horse racing enthusiast, political observer and St. Louis Cardinals fan, passed away at 89 years of age. Peter’s humble beginnings taught him many valuable lessons which he employed throughout his life. He was equally at ease with everyone whether the rich and powerful or just your average “working Joe.” Pete often said his opportunities came from luck but in fact, he made his own luck through his talent, good humor and wonderful personality. Pete’s wit and wisdom was timeless. …

"Peter had strong opinions about many topics of which he often wrote in newspaper columns and letters to the editor. Whether one agreed with him or not, he made people think. Any opinion he possessed was intelligently formed and it addressed the inequalities he clearly saw that affected us all. I met him over 30 years ago and he always amazed me with his limitless knowledge. … Although many days have gone by since Peter’s passing, time has tempered my sadness to the realization that it was a joy to have known him. For that I am fortunate in that his friendship blessed my life through his insight, intelligence and “hipness.” Peter Harkins was many things to many people, but he was best known for making friends. Regardless of one’s station in life, Pete made all he met feel as if he was their best friend. One thing I know for sure, I think of him every day because he was truly my best friend."

--Willard L. Bratton Jr., “Remembering Peter Harkins," Northwest Arkansas Times

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