Mr. Mann: It was entirely my pleasure to meet you at the DTN Ag Summit in Chicago. Honestly, I was humbled to be in the presence of such a physically strong and mentally aware hero. Your presentation was inspiring to me as well as the entire group of attendees – it was excellent. Generally, I’m not one to “take notes” at such a presentation, about half way through yours I picked up my pen and a notepad and started taking notes! I particularly like your quote “If you’re going through hell, don’t slow down”! In life, in a career, in sports training, in raising teenagers, this saying really applies. When we visited I had mentioned that I was preparing for a ½ marathon – it’s been a lot longer process than I’d ever imagined. Last year, everything was going well, 5K , 10K, 15K various other distance competitions and for my 47 year old butt, I had finally figured out that I was only competing against my own time, not some person I’d never see again in my life – all was going well until……. I missed a step on my back porch, fell, landed on my tailbone and ruptured a disc. What a bummer. However, I was fortunate to have found a surgeon that didn’t want to operate on me, encouraged me to stay active and recover on my own. On Monday of this week, he gave me the go-ahead to get back to running and training. That was a 9 month recovery and it seemed to have taken on a life of its own. The good news? I’ll be ready for the San Luis Obispo ½ marathon by early April, come hell or high water. I promise you, I’ll use your address to our group as my inspiration, I promise you. I wish you well and all the best in your career. Thanks for your service to our country and thanks for being an inspiration to so many.