By Roberto J. Samores
“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t” is attributed to Mark Twain.
Celebrities write autobiographies, not a man who grew up in a blue-collar family in Wichita, Kansas. The title of the book says it all, everything that happened just seemed to “come out of the blue”. In the “Wizard of Oz”, Dorothy was plucked from a farm in Kansas to a world that defied her wildest fantasies. Roberto Samores could relate to how Dorothy must have felt many times throughout his tumultuous life.
When Roberto was in graduate school, he never dreamed of training top sales managers in an office tower that sits astride Madison Square Garden in New York City. No way could he have imagined managing a training department in the fastest-growing corporation in the Fortune 1000 on Route 128 (the “Massachusetts Miracle”) north of Boston. Addressing the crowd from the stage at trade shows in the largest exhibition halls in Chicago and Las Vegas was inconceivable. It was heady stuff!
How could Roberto ever imagine that a “fairy tale wedding” at a country club near Boston was in his future? Dancing the night away in the clubs in Acapulco on his honeymoon seemed unreal to a boy from Kansas. Watching Diamond Head shrink in the distance on Captain Mondo’s catamaran was a once in a lifetime memory. Catching barracuda on a deep-sea fishing boat off Cancun was the thrill of a lifetime. Attending the musical “Evita” in New York City opened the door to the arts for a young man. As he grew up, all of this was the stuff of fiction!
The exhilarating highs in his career and personal life were truly blessings. On the other hand, the tragic events in the movie “We Are Marshall” are a metaphor for the setbacks and deep lows that dogged Roberto throughout his life. How could he have ever thought that his soulmate and corporate career would disappear in the blink of an eye? How could all of this happen?
The book chronicles one man’s journey through a turbulent life. When his dreams were continuously dashed and life knocked him flat on his face repeatedly, how did he pick up the pieces and move forward? He did what was necessary in order to survive! Human beings can be amazingly resilient, but what determines who will be? Roberto shares his story with the hope that his trials and tribulations can save others from having to learn the “hard way” like he did.
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