Live a Life Full of Passion

“RALEIGH – Lorenzo Emile Charles, who is best known for taking a last-second desperation shot from teammate Dereck Whittenburg and slam-dunking the N.C. State Wolfpack basketball team to a 1983 NCAA championship title, died Monday afternoon in a bus crash on Interstate 40 in West Raleigh.”

I grew up a North Carolina State fan.  My Father attended graduate school at State.  We would go to football games and basketball games to cheer on the Wolfpack.

Yesterday I drove back to the Chicago area from Raleigh.  I traveled West on 40 between Raleigh and Durham.  I learned that NC State legend Lorenzo Charles died yesterday, in a bus accident, on that stretch of road.

I remember Charles’ dunk to win the game.  I remember jumping up and down with my brother as the Wolfpack won another national championship in 1983.  I was reminded of all the times I met Jim Valvano and his passion.

I used to joke that I know I made it when I could dress like an NBA basketball coach.  I know I have a chance of making it when I can end the day with a sweat filled coat like the ones Jim Valvano wore at the end of his games.

Yesterday, I was reminded that life can be short and unfair.  I am reminded to live my life with passion.  Rest in peace, Mr. Charles.


About Christopher Hessenflow

Christopher Hessenflow is a financial planner in the Chicago area. He works with all sorts of people who are much more interesting than he is. He enjoys his career which lends him time to think and, sometimes, be creative. Chip was born bald.
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