In a bizarre twist of fate, I made my public speaking debut by giving his eulogy in front of 500 people who had assembled to pay tribute to the man who had touched their lives. I had never spoken in front of so many people before. When I found out how many people were expected I had a frazzled moment of panic. And then, strangely, I felt him with me. It was the first time I had that feeling. I found my courage and took the stage to do the job his widow asked me to do.