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Welcome, I’m Bill Sefekar co-author of  Light: Courage and Hope,” with Holocaust Survivor, Cantor William Hauben which was about the 10 righteous nations that helped save many Jews and others during the Holocaust.      

My new release American Dreamer:  A Look into the Life of My Father, Joe Baby says it all.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the most remarkable man I’ve ever met.  I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to meet some amazing men throughout my life, in many walks of life from statesman to great thinkers, humanitarians, and exemplary human beings.  What I’m about to share with you, you can make your own determination, is that this man stands as one of the most remarkable men of the last 100 years.

I know that I’m a bit biased and I will have to temper my words but I’m going to share with you what this man meant to so many people, so many people that came to know him and who touched their lives not that he’s set out to have this effect but that’s the way he came across.  Not overbearing, not a giant of a man at 5 foot six but just how he portrayed himself, how he carried himself, the words were spoken by others: gentlemanly, old-school, resourceful, a role model; ­ A great husband; terrific father; amazing uncle; brother; brother-in-law; friend; Citizen; Great American.  As indicated I’m a bit biased but I found out early on that my Dad was very special and I appreciated him a great deal.  He was there, he always there as depicted by the many articles and stories that he wrote about.  “A long time between innings,” recollecting taking me to a baseball game in Brooklyn when I was six years old and fast forwarding 40 years when he retired in Florida taking me to a spring training game in Clearwater and all the dalliances in between that time.

Here is a sampling of a few of the articles that he submitted to the papers when he was a teenager in 1935.  Another episode that he told about was on a camping trip, September 1939 with his friends.  It was the outbreak of World War II. Germany has just invaded Poland. Dad, as usual, kept his camera handy too and captured some pictures most appropriately entitled  “Clouds of War.”  He described the setting as his friends and colleagues, 22 years of age and older and very eligible to be called up for the draft.  He pondered over the ominous situation that would “change their lives forever.”
 In addition to being affectionately known as “Joe Baby; Taken from a hip TV commercial that my life­time buddy Bob Richards gave Dad when we were teens growing up on Long Island, New York.  He was also known to me as “Steady Joe”. And could always be counted on to provide a quality response or assistance.  This could be attributed to his way of life. For instance, when playing golf, Dad would get up to the tee and swing a straight shot maybe 125 yards.  Next shot he gets up to the ball swings another 125 yards straight ahead. This was his approach to life while others would try overpowering everything; he made sure that he could handle challenges while fully in control. That’s how he dealt with life and life’s problems and people.  He would just go straight towards what was to be done and he would do it.  What I would like to convey to my audience is a cliché as the saying goes, that as I got older it seemed that my Dad got smarter and I was amazed by the things that he was able to accomplish; he actually accomplished this his whole life. But maybe I was the one that got a little wiser to accept that, that was the kind of man he was and is.  It is my fervent hope that you come to know him in the same light that I became so endearing.  And he gave me every opportunity in his writings, his dealings, his sayings of these remarkable remembrances and you can judge for yourself.

In addition to the letters and letters sent to the editor on issues as a testament and monument to one man’s concerns and philosophy on life, i.e., perseverance.  One such example of the hundreds of clippings, writings, and shared experiences is a faded old piece of paper 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches that I carried with me in my wallet for a lifetime.

“Nothing in the world can take te place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press on,’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”  – Calvin Coolidge. –Ed.

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It was my Mantra that I carried with me throughout my life while enduring its trials and tribulations. ~ Joe Baby
American Dreamer:  A Look Into the Life of My Father, Joe Baby