Today, I celebrate the birthday of Chuck Gekas. He deserves the star treatment.
We've had a friendship forged over about 25 years. Chuck and I have enjoyed many great times and laughs over the years. He's been there for me through good and bad and I hope he knows I am there for him always.
I believe in surrounding yourself with good people and there truly is none better than Chuck. A friend, adviser, and role model, I look at Chuck as the big brother I never had. I can never repay or thank Chuck enough for what he means to me.
Chuck and I can be as petty as can be when we are competing, but he is actually a very humble man, even if he won't admit it. That doesn't mean I will ever take it easy on him. I have too much respect for him and he wouldn't want it any other way.
I am sure Chuck will be celebrating with his wife (and I will not even mention that she is long-suffering) and his three daughters and their families. He'll be ensconced in love and he deserves it.
Happy birthday Chachi! I love ya, bud!
Chuck Gekas and me in Elmhurst, IL-June 2019.