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Arnold Palmer

Original post made by Mike Carmo, Downtown, on Sep 26, 2016

No doubt many of us in Pleasanton have heard the news about Arnold Palmer passing away. The Golf Channel and many other networks have had lots of coverage about this and of the many achievements that Arnold Palmer accomplished during
and after his golf career .What was said almost every time is the fact that Arnold
Palmer always interacted with his fans with genuine attention.
Luckily I was able to meet Arnold Palmer at a Seniors tournament in Las Vegas in the 1980's. The weather was very hot and after the round he was doing some media interviews for at least 40 minutes. When he was finished with that he stayed to autograph programs and hats,etc.,for at least another 40 minutes.Then he finished up and noticed me and asked if I had wanted an autograph and I said to him no thank you I had just wanted to say hello and shake your hand. And with that his eyes lit up and he flashed that famous smile, shook my hand and put his other hand on my arm and thanked me for waiting around just to shake his hand. We chatted for about 10 seconds and then he excused himself to leave. I can personally validate what everyone is saying about his attention to the golf fans and with his genuine attention to me in that 10 second time frame I was lucky to be one of those fans.
I have thought about that experience with Arnold Palmer many times over the following years and especially today when I became aware of his passing.
Thank You Arnold Palmer and may you rest in peace.

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Posted by Karl Aitken
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

Thanks for the great post. He was definitely a great American.

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