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He took the right direction

Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at 4:13 PM

I've always been proud of one young man who changed his life around when he came to a crossroads that could have carried him in either direction.

The year was probably 1966. He had committed a juvenile crime and was going to reform school.

I was definitely multi-tasking at that time since I was sports editor, covering the police beat and also the city circulation manager of the T-G.

On the morning he was being taken to the reform school (they didn't have a lot of fancy all-inclusive names back then or a facility run by a big staff and a lot of psychiatrists, just some people who wanted to get kids headed in the right direction), I walked into the tiny office of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department.

He was nervous and scared about the things taking place. No member of his family was there to be with him before he was carried to Nashville.

I bought him a soft drink and asked him if he had any money to take with him. He said no. I gave him the last three dollars I had in my pocket. He said he didn't want to take all my money. I told him it was ok.

He came back from Reform School a few months later, got himself a job after school and on weekends...and never got into trouble again.

He later got a good job with a local company, raised a family and has been a good responsible citizen for many years.

It was the best $3 and a little kindness I ever invested and I'm proud of him and the results.

Were the answers more simple and better way been then before too many bureaucrats entered the picture?

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That's a great story, Bo. You never know what an effect such a small act of kindness can have on a persons life. Glad you shared that story!

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Wed, Jan 16, 2008, at 8:35 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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