Earl was a teacher, philosopher, warrior and friend
Earl Woods once told me, as I complimented him on the sterling rehab of his Windermere, Fla., digs, that he had everything he ever wanted. Fame. Fortune. Family. A room with a view.
There was just one problem: "About 20 years too late," he lamented.
It was the only time in the 12 years of my friendship with Earl, who passed away earlier today after a lengthy battle with cancer, that he revealed even a hint of regret about his life, one that touched and influenced many. Mortality ...
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Earl Woods: 1932-2006
Born: March 5, 1932, in Manhattan, Kan., the youngest of six children
Died: May 3, 2006, in Cypress, Calif.
Education: Kansas State, sociology, graduated 1953
Profession: Retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army; served two tours of duty in Vietnam
Wife: Kultida; married in 1969
• Diagnosed with prostate cancer, 1998; cancer returned, 2004
Quote: "I knew Tiger was special the day he was born." Earl Woods, in a May 2000 interview with The Associated Press.
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