My Brush with Arnold Palmer.
On the morning of June 17, 1973, my father wakes me up, an hour before dawn. He needs me to go with him to a job site. This was not unusual for my father to take me with him to a job site on Sunday Mornings.
My father made sure the Construction Equipment was in working order for our family owned Dan Sciullo Construction Company. From Easter through Thanksgiving we worked. Winters were long and cold. Even though I was only 12 years old I was able body enough to help my dad and shorten his work day.
After a quick stop to “The Yard” in Blawnox to pick up the “Good” pickup, off we went. In no time at all, we pulled up to the Security Gate at Oakmont Country Club. The Security Guard welcomed my Dad as if he were an old friend. “Thank God you’re here Big Jim”, gleamed the Security Guard.
Overnight, the Heavens opened and the rains poured. Walking to the Green on the Finishing 18th Hole the General Motors Corporation built an artificial lake complete with a Red 1974 Cadillac Coupe de Ville revolving on a platform. As the waters from the rain raised the water level in the lake. Only one man could deliver the solution the Officials from The PGA, Oakmont and General Motors needed, it was my Dad.