EP – 34 Live Right, Lead Right, Leave Right. A legacy from two service-oriented grandfathers

My conversation with Brian Jodice

In this exciting conversation with Brian Jodice, we talk about his grandfathers and the lessons he learned from them. Brain shares with us stories about Pop (Jim Lepis) and Granddad (Pat Jodice). Both of these outstanding individuals were former servicemen in WWII and continued to serve their communities throughout their lives. Both grandfathers were from New Jersey (we didn’t get into what exit…New Jersey joke there).

Brian’s Pop was an aircraft mechanic in WWII and retired to the shore in Lavallette, NJ, after working in civilian life. Brian recalls family trips up to New Jersey full of cousins, noise, and, most importantly, family.

Granddad was a sonar man in the Navy during WWII and was able to see the Marines post the US Flag on top of Mt. Suribachi. Granddad also served in the Korean war. After serving his country, Granddad became a police officer in New Milford, New Jersey, where he eventually retired as the Chief of Police. Granddad retired and built a home in North Eastern North Carolina. Ganddad’s was very different in that Granddad’s house was not as crazy with just Brian’s brothers and one other cousin.

Brian clearly remembers how no matter what was going on or what grandfather’s home he was visiting, both Grandfathers were intentional about spending time with the grandchildren. We talk about how different but similar the time was at each house. You are going to love hearing the stories about Pop and Granddad, and there will be no doubt how much they loved their grandchildren.

From this conversation, you will see how Pop and Granddad loved and led their families and grandchildren. The legacy of being an intentional grandfather is evident with Brain and his brothers. Those lessons of being intentional came in many forms, from discussions around the kitchen table to working in Pop’s woodshop or just cruising around the neighborhood.

Links:

Pickup the Six website

My interview on the Pickup the Six Podcast

Pickup the Six Facebook page

Pickup the Six Instagram page

Pickup the Six Twitter page

Brian’s personal Facebook page

F3 Nation – Brian mentions F3 as a fitness group focused on Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith.

Links to the interviews I had about Maj. General Rupertus: Part 1 and Part 2

EP – 33 Life is short, don’t waste the moment

My conversation with Marc Mawhinney

Marc Mawhinney sits down and has a fun discussion about his grandfather, George Mawhinney, and growing up in Atlantic Canada. Marc’s grandfather was a fisherman and hardworking guy that taught Marc and Matt (Marc’s twin) how to work hard and love baseball.

Marc shares great stories about the connection that baseball has between family members and communities of fans. Through all the up-and-down years that George experienced with the Toronto Blue Jays, we learn that he could live to see the Blue Jays win back-to-back World Series. In this episode, you get to hear a couple of guys talk about the connection that sports have and how the last year of sports with Covid disrupted those connections.

We hear how George named his fishing boat, Mathew and Marc, after his first two grandchildren and how that made Marc feel honored in that way. Marc also talks about how he pulled a ball in his family’s field and busted a window at his grandfather’s house. True to his nature, Grandfather didn’t scold the boys but just chalked it up to boys playing ball. Marc also discusses how his grandfather would take them snowmobiling, and he tells us of a certain race that he, his father, grandfather, and brother took part in. (Don’t inform Marc’s insurance agent about Marc’s street racing past.)

Marc shares with us the story of Marc’s mother prompting Matt and Marc to go over to their grandfather’s garage to say and see what he was doing. Marc talks about how after going over to see his grandfather, his grandfather George was in the hospital the next day and passed away just a few days later. Marc’s grandfather’s passing hit him and his family hard. Years later, Marc used the anniversary of his grandfather’s passing to push himself to launch his daily podcast, Natural Born Coaches, on November 17, 2014.

You will enjoy the interesting and loving stories that Marc has of his grandfather and the impact of his grandfather on his life.

To learn more about Marc and his work with helping people become profitable coaching businesses, check out the below links. You might also want to follow Marc on Facebook to enjoy his “dad jokes” and puns.

Links:

Natural Born Coaches – website

The Coaching Jungle – Facebook Group

Marc Mawhinney – Marc’s Facebook Page

EP – 31 How to Enjoy the Grandkids Through All Ages

My conversation with Gordon Hunter

Gordon Hunter sits down to talk to me about how to enjoy grandkids of all ages. Gordon Hunter is a good friend from here in the Atlanta, GA, area I have had the honor to know for about 16 years. We have a great conversation about Gordon’s experience with being a grandpa and now great-grandpa to fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In our conversation, we learn about Gordon’s reaction to becoming a grandfather and how he was able to use his position as a Delta pilot to be close to the grandchildren when they were younger. Gordon also shares how three of his four daughters eventually relocated back to Georgia where the grandchildren were close by.

Gordon shares how he has shared his many interests and hobbies with the grandchildren. The grandchildren have been exposed to many hobbies such as working on cars, sailing, flying, and working on a farm.

We talk about how Gordon and his wife Brooke have included their children and grandchildren into their Christmas tree farm (Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm) business. Gordon includes the grandchildren in the preparation, planning, and daily working of the Christmas tree farm. You can imagine the important bonds developed by the family, all working together and the grandchildren learning how a business runs and operates.

Gordon and I also discuss the differences in how he views his role as a grandfather versus how his grandfathers interacted with him growing up. We compare and contrast how Gordon is very hands-on and very involved with the grandchildren but his grandparents, while loving him, were more formal in their interaction with a young Gordon.

Links:

https://www.hunterschristmastreefarm.com/

Ep – 29 Root Beer Floats and Slush Funds

My Conversation with my old buddies Ted and Bob Reuss

Root beer floats and slush funds two valuable lessons that we learn about from Ted and Bob’s experience with their cool grandpa. In this episode, we learn about how Ted and Bob’s grandpa worked hard to connect with his grandsons.

The biggest takeaway from this conversation is how much my friends loved going to Malibu, CA., Oregon, Montana, and other places to spend time with their grandfather and have the adventure of a lifetime each year that they were together.

Their grandfather was open to just about anything and keep the rules simple:

  1. You had to respect
  2. You had to love
  3. You and to share

We learn from Ted and Bob’s grandpa that it is important to have a grandchild slush fund around for visits, fishing trips, and the occasional roadside ice cream binge.

You are going to enjoy listening to three buddies talk about old times, including a nickel poker game that almost ended up in my demise.

At the end of the day, we learn the important lesson that grandfathers have to make an effort to connect and nurture the relationship with the grandchildren. The secrete sauce, according to Bob, is to be relatable, be relevant and be passionate with your grandchildren.

EP – 21 Creating costume fun and memories with grandchildren

My conversation with Harold Weir

In this conversation with Harold, we dive into his passion for his grandchildren and costume building. Harold shares his experiences with living with his 22-month-old grandson and his mom and dad.

Harold and I discuss how he and his grandson have developed a bond whereby the grandson is happy to comply with what grandpa wishes him to do like be still for diaper changes and going down for naps. The secret Harold says is to simply love them and make sure that THEY know they are loved and safe. The discipline really comes from the parents with the grandparents backing up the discipline but in a loving manner.

We discuss Harold’s work with a haunted train ride in this conversation where people would wait up to two hours for about a six-minute train ride. The train and haunt props, characters, and effects would be planned out almost a year in advance. We also talk about our mutual friend, Roger Hayes, who has been a guest on The Cool-Grandpa Podcast and his experience with running a nationally recognized home haunt. (Click Here to listen to Roger’s episode)

Harold and I also get to talk about his fascinating work in the documentary, Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary. Harold shares with us his experience in selecting the Thermians as the category they would dress as for the Salt Lake Comic Con and FanX. His passion for cosplay and excellent costume creation earned him and his family a role in the documentary. (A full article about this experience can be found Here.)

Harold is using his skill as a costume maker to create fun costumes that his grandchildren and family can enjoy together. It is great to see how a grandpa’s talents and passions can be used to create enjoyment for the family and draw them closer together.

Here are some pictures of Harold and the grandchildren:

EP 10 – Nature, Scouts, and Loving Adventures with Grandpa

In this conversation with Charles Pineo, we discuss raising two in-home grandsons. Charles discusses his love of the outdoors, especially for epic canoeing trips in Canada and the North East United States. We talk about using scouts and the outdoors to help teach confidence and conversation skills with his grandsons. There are fantastic tips on spending time with the grandchildren out away from electronics and how helping them spend time with other adults on adventures increases self-awareness and self-confidence.

Charles can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlespineo/

Charles is also active in the following organizations:

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Cobb County (GA) Meals on Wheels

The Atlanta Area Council – Boy Scouts of America