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John Amatt – Climbing Everest

by Bernie Swain
For over 30 years, John Amatt has led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of the Arctic on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks. Climbing Everest soon became the ultimate goal, and John pulled together a Canadian team that would obtain achieve just that.   I grew up in England. My father was a bank executive, and my mother was a full-time homemaker. They were both conservative … Continue reading "John Amatt – Climbing Everest"

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Aaron Thomas – The Life and Death of My Dad

by Bernie Swain
Aaron Thomas is the head basketball coach and athletic director at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Iowa. In 2010, Aaron was awarded the Missouri Valley Conference Most Courageous Award, and he and his family were given the Espy’s Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Sunday, May 25, 2008, began like most Sundays do in Parkersburg, Iowa - folks going to church, taking care of chores, and spending time with their families. My Dad, Ed Thomas, the football coach at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, … Continue reading "Aaron Thomas – The Life and Death of My Dad"