Playing lacrosse to this day has opened up a lot of opportunities for me, especially business-wise. It has also introduced me to an amazing amount of faces, some of them high in the “food chain” sort-of-speak. Recently, a few weeks ago, a casual, pick-up lacrosse game reminded me of those situations.
I arrived to the field early, being the first one there. Soon enough a much older individual, entered and sat down next to me on the bench. I recognized this person from somewhere. He introduced himself as “Cookie”, which was obviously his nickname. Being both goalies, we smiled and chatted it up. I knew who he was, right away. A former All-American from Princeton, an inductee of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and a former Inspector General of the Department of State. His real name is Howard Krongard. He is also older than my Dad.
As we sat on the bench and played the “name game” of lacrosse people we know, I couldn’t help to think that in a normal world setting, a regular person would have to attend law school and then work his or her way thru many departments, officials and years just to ‘look’ at Cookie. But in a lacrosse-world setting all you had to do was play with enthusiasm, and be nice, too. :o)
Lacrosse still does a wonder of things for us. To me, it has been my ‘backstage pass’ to experience and tell such great stories.
As for the rest of my Princeton lacrosse connection…