We had a wonderful time at the Long
Beach, Calif., concert. We live in San Diego
and left early that morning to visit some
old haunts in the Long Beach area. We
visited Long Beach Community College,
where my wife and I met in 1956. We
found the classroom where we met, and
visited the gym and stadium, where I
played football and my wife participated
in all sports. Some very nice staff folks,
after hearing our story, unlocked doors for
us to see everything, including the band
practice room, where I practiced with the
band. We fi nished the tour when we found
the same tree that I used to wait under
for my wife to get out of science class.
Great time wandering down memory lane.
We then met my sister-in-law and her
boyfriend near the arena and had an early
dinner, then off to the concert. We had the
great fortune to meet Bill Gaither backstage.
He is just as relaxed and pleasant in
person as he is on stage. He made us feel
like family. He was running late, and Kevin
Williams was already on stage warming
up the audience, but Bill acted like he had
all the time in the world to visit with us.
[Young family with Bill]
Of course, the concert was simply wonderful. We were close enough to the stage to be able to study the faces of all of the performers, and I could tell that they all wanted to be there and share their love for our Lord, and they all felt part of the Gaither family.
— TED AND STELLA YOUNG
San Diego, California