Thanks for that.
I don't think you would know that such a short phrase means so much to me.
Keith Noud brought me into the public domain when he was the racing editor of the now defunct Brisbane Telegraph, where I actually worked from 1981 to its closure in 1988.
"Mr Noud", as I always referred to him, wrote a back page story about my schoolboy racecalling in 1974, a picture story in my Ascot State School uniform with a pair of binoculars, the week leading into the Caulfield Cup,won by Leilani.
He was a great ambassador for Queensland racing in his media roles over several decades.
I recall him banging on the door of our family home one morning. What did he want ?
He had bought me some educational reading as a gift.
"The boy should become a university professor not a racecaller Mrs Fowler," he barked out at the front door. I'll never forget it.
I've still got the books.
I hope he looks down occasionally and sees me now. I'm not a university professor but feel so proud to have carried on a tradition from the likes of him, Vince Curry and Wayne Wilson.
Indeed, I hope Noud would be proud.
Don't know you Dean but you triggered a pretty emotional response and for that I thank you.