Colorado man retains his pal’s reminiscence alive in e-book about travels and golf | Life-style
It started out as an unexpected friendship. It became such a deep-seated relationship that their stories – of good humor and travel and golf – needed to be documented.
This is how Luke Reese felt.
After a friend of about 25 years died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in August 2019, Reese thought about her writings and their experiences.
“There must be a book about him,” Reese thought. “She is very good. It’s so funny. Everyone loved the young man. ”
Being alone in her home in Chicago this year, Reese followed suit. The founder of an independent business company, he thought he could work anywhere. So he moved to Colorado, where he thinks it’s a “dream place”.
His first book, “One For the Memory Banks,” was released this year. The memorial, which affects their relationship and their travels, begins with the way their friends met.
They have been separated for almost 20 years and in different countries.
It was in 1994 that Reese, in his early 30’s, met Allan Bond, a very talented Scottish golfer. While both worked for Wilson Sporting Goods, Reese lives in Germany and Bond lives in London.
After a face-to-face meeting, Reese asked Bond – or “Bondy,” as everyone knows him – how he could best make his golf. The answer was a joke about how bad it looked.
Reese did not take it upon himself. “You can just tell that this guy is funny,” he said in exchange.
A week later, Reese picked up a coffee table book in the mail. It was about a golf course. Bondy promised to play some of the venues if Reese learned to play well.
“Since then, a relationship has been established.”
A few months later, they were all together on the golf course. For the next two decades, they shared the best and most beautiful education in the world.
Along the way, Reese learned to play. They wandered about in circles with their rivals. And they learned of each other.
“At first, I was shy,” Reese, who played tennis in college, said of his golf skills. “But I really loved golf.”
And he has become very good, now he describes himself as a lowly player.
But, no, his book is not just about golf.
It is a tribute to Bondy, a man who claims to be Winston Churchill, Sean Connery and Arnold Palmer. It’s almost time for them to “zen like” one in higher education, like the Royal County Down Golf Club in Ireland.
The combination of friendship and sports has brought clear comments.
Here’s one from Jason Adel, CEO of Golf Magazine. “Stories, people, relationships, competition, and, of course, emotions,” he wrote. “One for the Memory Banks’ has everything that makes golf the best sport in the world.”
The book was incorporated into the holiday gift design that Katie Couric wrote.
With the help of Reese’s daughter, Madeline, who published the book, it happened in April. He forwarded the manuscript to his friend Brian Lewis, who had been publishing books on golf for a long time.
Lewis says he didn’t want to read or publish his friend’s work. But after reading Reese’s book for 10 minutes, he noticed something special.
“When you read something that’s like anything you’ve read over the last 10 or 20 years, it’s hard not to enjoy it,” Lewis said.
For Reese, now living in Boulder, this book is a treat for a friend. He says it’s like “Tuesday and Bondy,” based on Mitch Albom’s favorite book, “Tuesday is Morrie.” Writing, he says, helps him recover from the death of a friend.
“It’s a friendship story,” Reese said. “It’s about two friends who really enjoyed it more than anything.”