John Wooden’s Dad gave him a series of life lessons, and Wooden told everyone about those lessons. The LA Times tells its version of the story:
Wooden came by it honestly. His father, who lost his farm in the Depression, taught him a set of life principles, which the coach carried on a piece of paper: “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”
Wooden told these principles to his players and to the world in hundreds of speeches that he gave. He always said the same thing. But his version differs from the version found in the LA Times. Here is Wooden’s version.
“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day.”
The LA Times took it upon themselves to cut out part of his creed. The part in red was omitted.
The man was an intensely religious man. They wanted to wipe out that part of his life.
Don’t you find that unbelievably weird?
What kind of “newspaper” purposely omits a major part of one man’s life? What ignoble arrogance overcomes their common sense?