Next time you’re looking for a story to encourage you that the American Dream is alive and well, do a Google search for Charlie Pride.
Now 84, 1 of 11 children born to dirt poor parents, he serves as a shining example that if you have dreams and are willing to work hard to make them come true.
Charlie Pride (and that is his real name) grew up wanting to play baseball.
He played 1 full season in the American Negro league in 1952 before an injury cut his sports career short.
He worked for a time in industry before he set out on a music career that catapulted him to stardom in the late 1960’s.
Charlie Pride broke the color barrier in country music, and is one of just 3 African-American members of the Grand ‘Ole Opry.
He recorded 40 number 1 country hits and parlayed his cash to buy a minority interest in the Texas Rangers major league Baseball team in 2010.
Charlie sang “God Bless America” during the Rangers vs. Indians game on Saturday night and drew a standing ovation from Rangers fans who were watching their team get waxed by the Tribe.
Charlie Pride, in my opinion, is a real American hero.
He is one of very few celebrities that I would enjoy getting a chance to meet and interview.
That’s the way I see it.