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Happy Birthday To Me

By Art van Bodegraven | 08/02/2017 | 7:16 AM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


As life's milestones are observed, I'll note that, in a couple of days, I'll be hitting the magic number of 78.

Rejoice, angels on high. The modern-day Lucifer remains among us. And, so it goes. There's no rationale for just hangin' around for this go-round.  

As an unrepentant pancreatic cancer conqueror, I've necessarily got to deal with the side effects of successful surgery to effect a cure. It's not as simple as a nip/tuck solution that time alone heals; my internal systems are a mess, with a spleen the size of a football, multiple diuretics that no longer function as intended, an interstate highway solution of a lymphatic system that apparently goes nowhere in particular, and an impressive collection of esophageal varices that require annual attention.

There's no warrantee that ensures I'll get to 79, or even 78.5. I've got a better-than-even shot at making 98, with plenty of tread wear left on the critical organs. But, the days of knocking back a cup of kindness from Australia or South Africa are over, taking mileage off the biological odometer. These days, I'm knocking back mostly Fiji water, and am in the process of cheating death in another arena. With visits to the ER a primary entertainment, I can scarcely wait for the next chapter in my personal Book of Life to open up.

It'd be nice to drive, once again, and do the teaching/training project design thing. Until that day, I'll have to be content with writing and rousing the rabble.  Be prepared to get roused …




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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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