But seriously, I never thought I'd be, nor did I ever expect to be a candidate for consideration. I've written about many of our famous Illustrious Brothers over the last five years, and I've made friends with many more. I know the caliber of men that are selected to receive this rare honor. It is certainly one of the greatest honors I've ever received.
I'll bet I've said this a hundred times over the last five years--but most of us feel we can never put back into Freemasonry what we take out of it. I've come a long way, but I'm just getting warmed up. I've got a long way to go yet, and as always, no matter what I decide to do after I complete the Famous American Freemasons series, I expect they'll be a lot of good Masons that will help me get there. I'm truly blessed by the friends I've made in life. Thank you so much.
And I will try and straighten up . . .