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A Chance Meeting and Good Packer People

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From time to time, posts a story from someone in the community. Here’s one from Karen of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.


While traveling  we stopped in Illinois at a motel for much needed  rest for the next day.  In the morning as I was  entering the dining room there was a couple there who invited me to eat breakfast with them and we had quite an enjoyable conversation. I asked them  their names  and they said John and  Betty and I said my name is  Karen. I  asked where they were from and they said Green Bay Wisconsin and I said I was from Black River Falls, Wisconsin. I asked if they were Packer Backers and they said  yes! As it turns out, they were season ticket holders too. John said it took 25 years for them to get their season tickets and when he went to pick up the tickets he asked “If I were to buy 2 more tickets how long would I have to wait to get them?” They said 40 years. 



Then we talked about a couple of former quarterbacks of the Green Bay Packers. John said Bart Starr was ‘beloved’ in Green Bay. I asked him about the feelings about Brett and  he said  Brett was still liked  even though there were some who were angry  that he left.  John said Brett made a great contribution to the team.. He said the Packers put Green Bay on the map. 


We talked some more and before I left John told me a very interesting story. He said he worked for I.B.M. and before he retired  he was informed that one of their executives was coming to visit and he was to show him around Green Bay. There was a gift that John was to present to the executive - a  new autographed  Green Bay Packer football. He was looking so - passing the Packer stadium John said “…and this is the home of the Green Bay Packers.” and the executive said, “Oh I am not really that interested in sports.”  Later when I was to present the gift I said a few words and the man thanked everyone for the gift  from the home of the Green Bay Packers. 


I so enjoyed chatting with this sweet couple. Thinking back I imagine there are many people who accidentally meet and find great conversation and many friendships over our beloved  GREEN BAY PACKER TEAM.