EDDIE DANIELS – A few weeks ago, Kristi Leigh and I were brainstorming ideas for Creation 2010. Last year we had artists play and autograph a Wii console when they came into the WJTL trailer for an interview at the Creation Festival. We then auctioned off the Wii and gave all of the money from the auction to our friends at Compassion International.
We wanted to do something similar – yet different – this year: something that would be fun for the artists to interact with while they were in for their interview and at the same time something that could end up helping the folks at Compassion.
A short while later, we landed on the idea of creating the first-ever WJTL Creation Coloring Book. I would doodle cartoons of all of the artists appearing on the Main Stage and the Fringe Stage at Creation East and when they came in to interview with Kristi or Ashlea, they could autograph and color their page.
After the festival, we’ll put the coloring book up for auction on eBay and once again donate the proceeds to Compassion International.
It’s a project we’re all really excited about and hopefully the artists (and you!) will be, too. Chris and Conrad found their doodle and talked with Kristi about it on the air. Fortunately, they seemed to be happy with their cartoon doppelgangers. Below are the doodles that make up the coloring book. Of course, this is what they look like pre-Creation Festival, before they’ve been colored in and autographed. We’ll keep you posted and let you know as soon as the coloring book goes up for auction.
I hope you enjoy these doodles and have as much fun trying to figure out who they are as I had drawing them!
Eddie Daniels, Video Guy
2009 – Meet some of the people who make Creation happen each year.
2007 – Kristi Leigh meets some music fans with a simple request.
JUNE 2008 – Meet one of the most faithful Creation volunteers, Tim
JUNE 2007 – Eddie takes a look around the Agape Farm before Creation begins
JULY 2007 – This is what happens when we let Radio Friend Phil out on his own
2009 was fun! Who have you enjoyed hearing on the air in 2010 so far? Who would you like to hear in the future?
EDDIE DANIELS – Of all the guys I know in this world, I feel it’s safe to say I probably know my Dad the best. After all, I’ve known him my entire life. I grew up with him and when I moved out of the house back in 1992 that didn’t mean I stopped learning from him. He’s still teaching me things to this day. A few weeks ago I was on the phone with him and I’m sure it made for an interesting picture: Me, on the couch, my wife Sarah snuggled next to me, the phone between us, just listening to Dad as he gave some of his insights on life.
That’s the way it’s always been with Dad. Even when I was younger, Dad was like my own personal E.F. Hutton: When he talked, I listened.
There are so many stories, so many memories, I don’t know where to start. So many different flashes are bouncing around in my noggin…Should I tell you about the time he broke his leg and, tired of having to wear a cast, decided to take the law into his own hands and sat on a bucket and began to cut it off with a hacksaw? What about the time an old lady called Dad in the middle of the night because she had a bat in her house and he went over there armed with his tennis racket? You get the point. I have a lot of stories about Dad.
There have been times when I see people on TV talking about their childhood, how they would have turned out better if their father had only told them that he loved them. Dad’s kids will never have that problem. On the phone the other day, he told me he loved me and then followed that up with “I know I don’t tell you that enough.” I didn’t let him go on. If there’s one thing Dad’s always done, he’s let us kids know how much he loves us. With every call, every time I see him, and in his actions and words growing up, there’s never been a moment where I didn’t think he loved us.
That loyalty and commitment is something that isn’t saved only for us, either. When Dad is your friend, you know there’s nothing he won’t do for you. There’s no one Dad cares for that doesn’t know he cares for them and he’ll do anything for them. If something happens to someone Dad cares for, he is the first one in line to help.
Dad fought in the Vietnam war and he has an AMAZING story. To say it was a life-changing experience is putting it mildly and it molded him into the man he is today. Dad saw a lot over there: life, death, blood, friendship, bravery, cowardice, and even heard The Voice of God. For the last few years, on Memorial Day he goes to a high school and shares his story and testimony of how he spoke with God lying next to a tree in Dak To. It’s very powerful and moving. One night when we were living in the Mojave Desert, I sat down with a tape recorder and interviewed Dad about his time in Vietnam. I later typed out the transcript. It’s 32 pages long and it still moves me to tears when I read it. I always told Dad I wanted to make it into a movie script, and he told me I could, but only if I played his role (something I’m a little too old to pull off now).
The other thing that I think of is, of course, boxing. Dad and his brothers grew up learning a lot and what he learned there he applied in his life: If you want something, you have to work at it. If you work at for it, you’ll appreciate it more. Dad has a long string of prizes and titles under his belt and nobody in school ever tried to pull the “my dad can beat up your dad” line on me. Dad has spent the last – wow, I don’t know, 40 years is it? – passing on what he’s learned to kids. He’s a coach now, and when you train under my Dad you know you’re not just learning about The Sweet Science. You’re learning about life. I don’t know how many times I’ve been approached by people who tell me they “used to go down to the club” and then proceed to tell me what kind of impact Dad had on their life.
Those are the things – the war, boxing, his loyalty – that everyone knows about Dad. But I love the little details, the little surprises, just as much. I remember as a child going into the basement and finding an old black case tucked away in a far corner. Inside was an old, broken down, accordion. Yep. Dad played the accordion as a kid. Who would have guessed? I also recall the image of Dad up in the Sierra Nevadas in the Mojave Desert, panning for gold. He would sit there for hours, just him and his tools, and come back with tiny nuggets of gold in a small glass jar. He loves to read and he loves to watch Clint Eastwood blow the bad guys away. He has an iPod he uses to listen to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. He was a Sunday School teacher for years, and I remember as a young kid seeing how much he loved playing with not only me and my siblings, but all the kids in the neighborhood. Hearing him laugh as we all tried (unsuccessfully) to wrestle him to the ground. Little details and quirks about him that I love.
Dad has a Purple Heart and a Golden Gloves title. He’s received all kinds of awards, honors, medals, certificates, and special congratulations. But the title he holds most dear is “Dad.”
And you know what? He’s earned it.
Eddie Daniels, Video Guy
JUNE 2009 – Milt Stoltzfus & His Dad