By Bob Greene
A hugely own and relocating precise tale of reminiscence and friendship from the recent York occasions bestselling writer of accountability and Be actual in your institution transforming into up in Bexley, Ohio, inhabitants 13,000, Bob Greene and his 4 top friends--Allen, Chuck, Dan, and Jack--were inseparable. Of the 4, Jack was once Bobs absolute best good friend, a bond cast from the instant they met at the first day of kindergarten. They grew up jointly, acquired in hassle jointly, realized approximately existence together--and have been finally separated by way of time and distance, as all adults are. yet over the years Bob and Jack stayed shut, protecting directly to the friendship that had shaped years ahead of. Then, the fateful name got here: Jack was once loss of life. And during this hour of want, because the closest of neighbors will do, Bob, Allen, Chuck, and Dan set aside the calls for in their personal lives, got here jointly, and observed Jack via to the tip of his journey.Tremendously relocating, humorous, heart-stirring, and sincere, and also you comprehend try to be happy is an uplifting exploration of the ability of friendship to uphold us, maintain us, and finally set us loose.
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It was winter of our senior year in high school, and Dan, Chuck and I had been cruising around Bexley. We’d become fans of a television series called The Rogues, starring David Niven, Gig Young and Charles Boyer; the show was about a charming band of con men who were always pulling off elegant heists, and that night we wanted to act 52 BOB GREENE like the Rogues. Just to see if we could do something the way they would do it. So we came up with a Rogues-like plan, or as close to one as three seventeen-year-olds in central Ohio could devise.
Ring-a-ding-ding—that was the idea. If Frank Sinatra had ever come to Bexley, which he never did, not once, the Top is where the mayor would have taken him. Black leather booths and dim lighting and the feel of imminent action—well, at least more of the feel of imminent action than you were going to get at Ralph and Jim’s Barber Shop, around the corner, or at Swan Drycleaners, just 40 BOB GREENE down the street—the Top was there for a reason: to give the men and women of Bexley a place to step into Vegas or Manhattan or Chicago for a couple of hours, to sense short-term snazziness, and then, when they came back outside onto the Main Street of Midas Mufﬂer and Chicken Delight and the squat branch ofﬁce of the Ohio National Bank, to be speedily and safely home to their children—to us—before the streetlights had been on for very long.
I didn’t steal any chicken,” he repeated. And An dY Yo ou K Know now You Yo u S Sh h ou oulld Be Glad G lad 45 “Dan, that’s not the point of the story,” I said. “We stole the chicken. It was forty years ago. ” He paused for a moment. “Oh,” he said. “Oh. ” Jack was laughing so hard I thought tears might come down his cheeks. Allen said, “The point of the story isn’t the chicken, Dan. ” Dan said, “Well, I don’t know why it would be on Greene’s computer,” and Chuck called for another drink, and I was so grateful for this, so grateful for the laughter that was ﬁlling the night.