Today (12/8) is my Dad, Carl "Bugs" Pitcher's 75th birthday.

He's been an inspiration to me for my whole life. He was my Little League coach and he taught me to pitch softball. When I started playing adult league softball, he was my catcher.

He would let me know if he was displeased with the way I was acting on the pitching mound. He would walk about halfway to the mound and fire a bullet to me and say "Straighten Up."

He's a quiet man with a dry and quick sense of humor. I've been told by those who knew my Grandfather Glenn and know my Dad, that I got my sense humor from both of them.

I've always said that if I could be half the dad he was, then I've done a good job. He's a man of faith and a leader and he's also a man of integrity who I respect and appreciate.

I talk to people that worked with him when he was with Columbia Gas.They all have great things to say about him and ALWAYS share a funny story about something he said or did.

So Happy birthday to the mighty deer and bunny hunter. Maybe someone will buy you a rabbit dog that will actually hunt rabbits...No Jack, there is no rabbit up my pant leg.

Happy birthday, Pops.