One of the really pleasant rewards of writing about the referee program is the response I receive from all over the country. Some respondents write to agree, others to suggest corrections of minor errors, yet others to disagree (as Jozsef Michna did last week). All the people who write, clearly care about the state of refereeing in this country, as I do. We've put years into officiating, teaching, evaluating, and we all share a disappointment that the program is not being cared for in the way that it should.
But the most satisfying ones are those that describe an emotional response similar to the one I felt about a circumstance or a person. In the thirty-five years I have been in the program, I've met some delightful individuals and some dedicated ones, and it is good to read that others shared my feelings about the "good guys". So here is an e-mail I received about one of those outstanding individuals who put his heart and soul into "the beautiful game". The phrases in square brackets were added for clarification.