M I N D YO U R H E A LT H
I can’t remember an article that hit home more than the latest “From the Bridge” in the August/September issue. Capt. Skip Smith and I never shook hands in the many years we both plied the different oceans in our jobs as professional captains. I was brought to the same realization concerning the article “Sea Health.” On Facebook, Dean Jacobs recently mentioned that as far as he could remember, I was the last of my group.
Skip certainly had the right message for all the captains who have 20 or more years in the business and haven’t taken the time for a physical. I am 88 years old and spent at least 70 of those years either as a captain or mate. When I was 38, I married Gloria Johnson. I quit being an active charter captain, and together we fished the oceans of the world. Being her husband, I had a yearly physical. That is why I am still here and can write this letter. I have had numerous cancers removed and have my hypertension under control.
Yes, I noticed my good captain and mate friends were passing before their time, but I never realized that, had they had done what Skip so eloquently wrote, many would have lived much longer. Thanks, Skip. I hope all the captains and mates and others that are on the water take his article to heart.