It was seventy-five years ago last Friday, that Lou Gehrig stepped away from baseball with an iconic speech he delivered at Yankee Stadium. "Today, I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Today, I feel the same.

Lou Gehrig played seventeen years for the Yankees. Tonight and tomorrow marks the seventeenth year of my performing as a disc jockey at the Bridgman Fireman's Street Dance. It will also mark my last event as a DJ.

You always desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Some might say how can a DJ do that? It only takes one song to make a memory.

To see the smiles on the faces of those I entertained was priceless. To place joy in their lives of others, if even for a brief moment, cannot be measured with any amount of money. The countless pictures of brides and grooms dancing at their weddings, students with their friends at proms, and the abundance of images snapped at anniversary, birthday, and other parties, will remain in my mind.

There are many people to thank. To do them justice, I would have to name names, but there are too many to list here. They know that they have influenced my life, but I would be remiss if I didn't thank the support of my family. Saturday nights will be different in the future and whenever I attend a wedding, I'll turn the DJ button off and enjoy the night.

I'm not retiring due to Parkinson's, but like sports figures who retire early because they want to go out on top while they are still successful, I am walking away now while I am still at the top of my game. Yes, it is harder to set-up and tear down. I don't move at the speed that I wish, but I don't want to struggle to do something I love. Loving what you do is an advocation and not a job. DJing has never been a job but an opportunity to share the gift of music and smiles.

Over the years I had the pleasure to entertain thousands of partygoers at this and other events. I have my favorite songs and a few that I wished that I didn't have to play. The last song on Saturday night will be bittersweet, but is the epitome of how I hope to spend the rest of my life as I live with Parkinson's: "Don't stop believin'..."

For all those who danced to the hits that I played, tapped your foot at your seat, and sung along with the tunes coming out of my speakers, thank you.

Thank you.

For this, I am the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.

"So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for. Thank you."
Lou Gehrig