By Steve Paradiso
Shortly after being hired at Michigan Farm Bureau in 1996, I attended our organization’s last Summerfest event, held at MSU’s University Farms. If I’m not mistaken, the event was held in conjunction with Ag Expo, with a dinner for Farm Bureau members in attendance.
Long-time MFB Regional Representative Pat Lause was in charge of grilling. (Pat took care of our members in the west-central Lower Peninsula: Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Osceola counties. That’s him in the picture.)
Once the coals were lit, Pat spotted me and asked if I had an assignment. When I told him I was there to capture video of the event, he said, “Well, I think you have time to grab a spatula and help me grill.”
And grill we did—steak and pork, and plenty of it—on one of the hottest days of the year.
Once all the members had their food and were enjoying their meals in the pole barn, I headed in to shoot some video. What happened inside resulted in a story I’ve told many, many times over the 20-some years since…
I spotted a boy—maybe six or seven years old—with a red, white and black-striped cast from his arm pit to his fingertips, bent at the elbow at a 90-degree angle. When I asked him what happened, he turned and looked up at the man who was obviously his grandpa.
“You tell him!”, grandpa said.
“Well, I fell out of the apple tree!” the boy exclaimed.
Then I asked him about the colors of the cast.
He looked up again at his grandpa, and got a nod of approval.
“Well, that’s for Case-IH!”
Veteran MFB staffer Steve Paradiso works media relations for the organization, but is maybe better known for his longtime role as ‘Video Guy.’ He lives in Portland with his wife Lynne and a pair of pampered canines, Liberty and Belle.