There are good guys in this world, and then there are really good guys. My neighbor, Ron Unrah, just happens to fall head over heels into the really good guy category.
When Hurricane Haiyan roared through the Philippines with 200-mile-per-hour winds two months ago, killing more than 10,000 people, wounding tens of thousands more and leveling cities and villages, Ron had his latest calling.
Off in a rush to the Island of Panay went this benevolent soul.
“It’s a 28-hour trip of over 7,500 miles of Pacific Ocean, one that I’ve made a number of times since I began doing this missionary work in 1997,” said Ron.
Known as “Uncle Ron” to the Panay villagers, he spent one month on his latest mission, helping to rebuild a village feeding center which had its roof torn off by the vicious hurricane winds.
“The feeding center serves more than 100 children each and every day of the year, so it was vital that we reconstruct it as quickly as possible” said Ron.
“We also helped to rebuild nine homes that were destroyed by the hurricane, one of which was the 10-foot-by-14-foot home of the eight-member Obani family. We asked Mr. Obani if he would like a larger house, but he declined, saying the same size house would be alright for them.”
Not only is Ron a saint, but so is his wife, Nancy, who accompanies him on about half of his missionary trips.
“In 2001, Nancy and I spent a whole year as house parents and maintenance workers at the Home of Hope in the Philippines, an orphanage of about 60 children,” he said.
In addition to his charitable work in the Philippines, Ron has made missionary trips to the Ukraine, Thailand, Ecuador, Mexico and Honduras. And he does all of his missionary work at his own expense.
My neighbor, Ron Unruh — he’s a good guy, yes he is!
This week’s question
Can you name the female R&B vocal group that recorded the 1964 song “He’s A Good Guy, Yes He Is”?
Probably the most pop-oriented of Motown’s major female acts, this all-girl quintet didn’t project as strong an identity as the Supremes, Mary Wells or Martha Reeves, but recorded quite a few hits, including Motown’s first No. 1 single in 1961, “Please Mr. Postman,” as well as other chirpy early-’60s hits like “Playboy,” “Twistin’ Postman” and “Beechwood 4-5789.”
Is this group A) The Chordettes, B) The Marvelettes, C) Gladys Knight and the Pips, or D) The Pointer Sisters?
If you are the fourth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win a pair of tickets (a $70 value and a steal at twice the price) to this Sunday afternoon’s Tonto Community Concert Association’s presentation of Jesse Lynch Jazz 101.
The Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 concert sounds like it’s going to be another TCCA goodie. Be there or be square!
Last week’s question
Last Saturday evening, the Mogollon Health Alliance held its annual fund-raising Black and White Ball at the Mazatzal Casino. Entertainment was provided by the 21-piece, Phoenix-based band, Sonoran Swing, with local Realtor, Gary Cordell, as the lead vocalist.
Last week’s trivia question asked if you could name the song Gary most likes to sing when he performs and one that he assured me he would be crooning at last Saturday’s event.
Gary’s most-loved ballad is a 1962 recording made popular by Tony Bennett. The choices were A) “Kansas City,” B) “Sweet Home Chicago,” C) “Amarillo By Morning” and D) “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”
The correct answer was the Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hit “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
The swing dance hit Kansas City was a No. 1 hit in 1959 for Wilbert Harrison, “Sweet Home Chicago” was made popular by actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the 1980 movie “The Blues Brothers” and country music artist, George Strait, scored a Top-5 hit with his 1983 recording of “Amarillo By Morning.”
Congratulations to this past week’s multiple-time music trivia winner, Jack Jumper.
Two final notes
Last week, in my final note I mentioned that Green Valley Park’s shoreline is experiencing serious erosion problems and our town does not have the financial resources to combat this. I was hoping that if we pull together, we might be able to start a grass roots effort to help combat this situation.
Well, darn, as of this writing, no one has called me to express his or her interest in getting involved, so I’m sending out a second plea. If you’d like to discuss how we might be able to take the bull by the horns and help eradicate this erosion problem, please give me a call. And I’ll be glad to take you on a tour of the shoreline.
And lastly, I know many readers frequent Green Valley Park and are amazed by the aerial display provided by our resident bald eagles. If you are interested in learning more about this majestic bird, you can view a beautiful and informative documentary about the life of the American Bald Eagle by Googling “America Bald Eagle 2008 720p HDTV.” I just loved it.
Have a great Rim Country week!
DJ Craig – Phone: 468-1482 – Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com