One of the great good fortunes in my life was the opportunity to meet and ultimately become a friend of the late John Denver. John was a remarkable man and a gifted songwriter and singer. He sold millions of records and was a kind and gentle soul. It was his music, way back when I was still in High School in Michigan, that first called me to Colorado. The Air Force was kind enough to send me to the American west, first to Cheyenne to serve as a “finger on the button” ICBM launch officer, and then to Colorado Springs to join the faculty at the Air Force Academy. From that day until today, there has never been a time I drove onto the Academy, looked at the majesty of the Rocky Mountain high in front of me, and was not touched by the wonder of the mountains, the beauty, the majesty of Colorado.