When Percy Bakker and I sat down at a park table in Timberlane Park for an hour-long chat last Wednesday morning, I knew it was going to be a special interview. But it wasn't until a day later when I thumbed through my notes that I experienced one of the truly special revelations of my professional journalism career. The pleasant conversation with a truly gentle man wasn't just the story of one of Hesperia's pillars, it was a genuine master class in leadership.

While some careers provide wealth or sexy perks, the job of a small town journalist offers something money can't buy - conversation with ordinary, and in Bakker's case, extraordinary, people who share their experience, driving principles and vision. Bakker's words aren't just fuel for thought, they are manna for a true and meaningful epiphany.