I guess I know what didn't feel right yesterday and today....the world is missing Mr. Giovagnoli. There are no families that have had as profound an effect on my life as the Giovagnoli's. As the patriarch of his family, Mr. G's inventions, simple approach to life despite amazing successes by almost any measure, and family-oriented life choices carry lessons with me to this day. Not only am I proud to have known him and your entire family growing up, I often think of all of you on a regular basis. This week will certainly contain dinner table stories of my childhood and times with the Giovagnoli family led by Mr. G.
One of the first things I noted when we moved to the Virgin Islands 4 years ago was a rusted wheeled pitching machine at my kids' school...why the heck did they not have an Iron Mike!! Growing up hitting literally thousands of baseballs pitched from the Iron Mike, I didn't even know other machines existed.
Final thoughts are especially for Mrs. G tonight. The prototype mother in my mind to this day...my heart is aching tonight for your loss. No words can ease your pain, but please know many in this world are praying for you and your loss tonight...especially Sam.
Please accept our sincerest condolences from the Hughes family.