Followed Arnie that day from the moment he came out of the clubhouse heading to the practice range where he hit balls next to Lee Trevino who had burst on the scene just two months earlier with his victory in the '68 U.S. Open and for the entire 18 holes of the Pro-Am round. Never saw Arnie refuse a single autograph request and saw him stop in mid-walk to allow a fan to snap a picture of him. That day I saw and heard with my own eyes and ears that Arnold Palmer was everything I ever read or heard about him namely that he was the epitome of class, gentlemanly, and that he always had time for his fans and admirers. He was way more than a golf champion and sportsman. He was a philanthropist, a successful businessman, an AMERICAN hero, and a one of a kind human being.