Hi Rosie & Eileen,
I attened your camp twice and learned so much from both of you. You are an inspiration to me and many girls I grew up with. Every summer I would see you perform at Thillens Stadium in Illinois. You helped me compete through college and now my daughter is enjoying the sport as well. If you are ever in the Chicagoland area please let me know..I would love to get together. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.
Eileen and Rosie (I had to give Eileen front billing for once Rosie!),
You are both an inspiration to me, for what you’ve accomplished, your service to others, and for your assistance in my walk with God. Thank you!
I’ve got to be honest and tell you that when I was 10 or 11 and looked through the booklet of the “The Queen & Her Maids” I wasn’t interested in going to watch the game but that first baseman. “Karen.” I even ask how old she was through my sister and Karen was a few months older than I was. But I sure thought she was beautiful. When your family came over to sell my Dad on being an Amway Sales man I was trying to think of a way in getting her & your Younger brother outside to play hide & seek or something. I couldn’t do it though. There just never seemed to be that open door in doing so. That wasn’t going to stop me though. I went to the game a tri- Park and sat in the bleachers over by first base just to watch her. I really had a good time.
Then my Dad went to your house to pick-up an order so I went along just incase I saw a chance to talk to Karen. I think that time was the closest I came to it. As your brother & I loaded the Station wagon Karen just happened to walk into the garage. It was then your Father introduced her to me an me to her. But that was it. She turned and walked out of the Garage. Your brother & I just went on working and I didn’t even get to talk to him much. (by the way, sorry to her about your Brother. He was a real clown with the show he put on.) Then I made another attempt by going to one of the practices your team did. Barbara, who I think was reading my mind at the time asked me if I was just going to see Karen play? I told her I was and she gave me strict orders not to talk to anyone. Just go off to one side and play invisible. Well I did as she ask but that invisible place was going to be by first base again. Shoot, she wasn’t any where near first base. That was just another waisted trip. I quit trying after that. Barbara was way older than me and I always tried keeping a distance from her as a boy.
Well thanks for starting this Blog, I’ll keep looking in on it to see what might become of your lives from here.
Ladies (and Lotta)–
It is indeed a pleasure to catch up with the marvelous ” The Queen and Her Maids” traveling softball extavaganza. Almost thirty years ago, I had the pleasure of umpiring home plate in an exhibition game when you played a collection of hotshot softball players from the Toledo, Ohio area at the Lucas County Fair. As I recall, only two of those players(the pitcher and the catcher–both young women) had any experience in fast pitch, having played in college. It was indeed a memorable experience for me and, needless to say, Rosie and Eileen and Lotta were victorious. Thanks for the great memory.