There are not a lot of people that I have met in my life that I could go back and tag the day – and say BAM June 15, 2007 is the day I met George, but with Paul Hebert, I can do that – and it is weird. I met Paul Hebert on Friday May 7, 2010 in the lobby bar of theWit Hotel in Chicago. I walked into the bar and from the back side I saw this fellow with a black sport coat and this thing (pictured to the left)on the back of it. Unbeknownst to me at the time was this, the guy was hawking his brand. My visit to the bar was to meet some people face to face, people that I had met on twitter. This was the night before HREvolution 2010.
I like “some” of you often find myself gravitating toward the bar at conferences and out of town events. It’s not because of my drinking problem, the reason I do so is because that’s where you meet all of the cool people. At the time, I was in the company of my good friend and ILSHRM cohort John Jorgensen. In short order, John and I met Paul, along with John Nykolaiszyn, Ruth Estwick, Chris Frede and I think Steve Boese. And for some reason unknown to me there are even more details. I ordered a beer from the bar’s very diverse collection. I had an Arrogant Bastard Ale. I shared this with the group – only because it was soooo nasty! So to come full circle this was my first meeting of Paul. How many other people can you recall that vividly of when you first met them?
Going forward, I have had the pleasure of getting to hang out with Paul and to get to know him much better at a number of different events. I consider him to be a good friend. He is a really sharp guy. He is a great presenter as well, not to mention just an all around good guy. Paul is going through some tough times in his personal life. Paul has cancer. Paul also has a blog about his cancer and his cancer treatment.
In a strange but comforting way I got an email from him announcing this situation. I have followed it very closely as I do care about him, and hope that his will kick this cancer’s ass. In one of his recent post, when Paul announced that a date to do surgery had been moved up, he said, he was not too proud to ask for people to think of him, send positive vibes his way, or to pray for him.
Well I want to echo that sentiment, to anyone who will listen. Tomorrow (Jan 15, 2013) is Paul’s day for surgery. I am calling it Pray for Paul Tuesday. I am asking anyone who reads this to put Paul in your prayers, your thoughts, your zen message of the day – however you send out positive vibes, do it tomorrow.
Best of luck Paul, I know you are gonna be just fine.