It started off as an unlikely friendship. It became a friendship so profound that their tales — about fantastic jokes and travels and golf — desired to be documented.
At least that is how Luke Reese felt.
When his good friend of practically 25 many years died of Lou Gehrig’s condition in August 2019, Reese decided to compose about him and their adventures.
“There demands to be a e book about him,” Reese thought. “He’s that fantastic. He’s that funny. All people liked this dude so significantly.”
Although quarantining in his Chicago condominium this 12 months, Reese adopted via on that considered. The founder of a private fairness firm, he also decided he could operate from wherever. So he moved to Colorado, which he normally thought of as a “dream location.”
His debut reserve, “One For the Memory Financial institutions,” came out this year. The memoir, which touches on their friendship and travels, begins with how the good friends fulfilled.
They were separated by just about 20 a long time and different nations.
It was 1994 when Reese, who was in his 30s, met Allan Bond, a Scottish person with great passion and talent for the match of golfing. Although they have been equally operating for Wilson Sporting Items, Reese lived in Germany and Bond lived in London.
When they satisfied in particular person, Reese asked Bond — or “Bondy,” as anyone knew him — how he could improve his golfing grip. The reaction was a joke about how undesirable it appeared.
Reese didn’t take the riff individually. “You could just convey to this person is flat out humorous,” he said of the exchange.
A 7 days later, Reese got a copy of a coffee table guide in the mail. It was about legendary golfing classes. Bondy promised they’d perform some of those people spots if Reese realized how to enjoy better.
“From there, a friendship was set for daily life,” Reese said.
Inside months, they ended up alongside one another on a golfing course. In excess of the upcoming two many years, they frequented the very best and most wonderful programs in the earth together.
Along the way, Reese figured out how to participate in. They had been regularly heading back again and forth in between good friends and opponents. And they figured out about lifetime from just about every other.
“At the beginning, I was awful,” Reese, who played tennis in university, mentioned of his golfing expertise. “But I fell in really like with golf.”
And he received a good deal better, now describing himself as a reduced-handicap player.
But, no, his book is not just about golf.
It is a tribute to Bondy, the guy he states is a mix of Winston Churchill, Sean Connery and Arnold Palmer. It’s about their “zen like” time alongside one another on these majestic programs, like Royal County Down Golf Club in Ireland.
The mix of friendship and activity has led to rave evaluations.
Here’s just one from Jason Adel, CEO of Golf Magazine. “The tales, the people today, the friendships, the competition, and, of class, the emotion,” he wrote. “‘One for the Memory Banks’ has almost everything that makes golf the best activity on earth.”
The e-book was incorporated in a vacation gift guidebook set out by Katie Couric.
Many thanks to aid from Reese’s daughter, Madeline, who edited the e-book, it was carried out in April. He despatched the manuscript to his mate Brian Lewis, a longtime publisher of golf- similar guides.
Lewis claims he was unwilling to study or publish a friend’s operate. But following studying Reese’s book for 10 minutes, he noticed a little something unique.
“When you study anything that is as excellent as anything at all you have examine in the very last 10 or 20 decades, it is challenging not to get enthusiastic about it,” Lewis said.
For Reese, who now life in Boulder, the reserve is a testomony to his close friend. He suggests it’s like “Tuesdays with Bondy,” a reference to Mitch Albom’s beloved guide, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” Creating it, he states, served him mend from the traumatic loss of his close friend.
“It’s a friendship story,” Reese stated. “It’s about two close friends who had the most pure fun you could have.”