Your kind and thoughtful words the past month have meant a lot to Mike and me, and they serve as a reminder of just how fortunate – and grateful – we are to have such amazing friends in our lives.
Two of those amazing friends were featured in national publications last month. If you recognized Jill Foucré in a profile in The Wall Street Journal or Kevin Goldstein’s name in a cover story in Sports Illustrated, that’s because you read about them here at the Safe & Sound blog first.
Jill is a dear friend of mine from high school. I first wrote about Jill here in 2011 when I was invited to the exclusive “Friends and Family” grand opening of Marcel’s Culinary Experience, her culinary retail store and cooking school in Glen Ellyn, Ill. I blogged about her again when I took a cooking class at Marcel’s the next year.
Jill was profiled in The Wall Street Journal as part of a series called “Second Acts” that looks at the paths people are taking in their 50s and beyond. Jill was 51 when she left a career as Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealth Networks (a division of UnitedHealth Group Inc.) and opened a combination cooking school and retail shop. From the article:
She is working as many hours now as she did as a globe-trotting executive, but she says she prefers her new life, especially given what she sees each day.
“Customers are always in a good mood—cooking a great meal with friends, having a glass of wine, and just chatting and relaxing,” says Ms. Foucré. “Food brings people together.”
If you’re in the area, treat yourself to a visit to Marcel’s — the store is as terrific as the owner.
Now for our friend Kevin Goldstein. He’s the Director of Pro Scouting for the Houston Astros, and I wrote about him last year when he invited Mike and me to join him on the field at White Sox Park before a game against Houston.
I got to know Kevin back in the 1990s, when he was working with Mike at a start-up company called Spyglass. Kevin is smart, and he’s computer savvy, too, but so were most of the people I met at Spyglass. Kevin stood out, though.
I think he was the youngest person working there, and Mike says Kevin was one of the smartest. He paid attention to new-age baseball stats (otherwise known as sabermetrics) long before the book Moneyball was published, and he knew about minor league prospects long before anyone else did. When Mike left Spyglass, we moved to North Carolina. When Kevin left Spyglass, he moved to baseball.
Kevin started writing for Baseball America, and then moved on to write for Baseball Prospectus. He developed his own email prospect newsletter and started envisioning working for a Major League club someday.
That day came in 2012, when Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow contacted Kevin for an interview and offered him a job.
Last month the Houston Astros were on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The cover story explored Houston’s radical plans to rebuild their team and described Kevin as a respected writer who had never worked in pro baseball before joining the “Nerd Cave” behind the scenes at the Houston Astros. Kevin is quoted in the story, and of course Mike and I root, root, root for the Astros now –unless they are playing the White Sox.