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Game Chang-eer: UPS Driver takes on Doug Flutie (Video)
Eddie Hughes

Eddie Hughes’ history as a game changer goes way back for this 23-year UPS driver.

He remembers it like it was yesterday: “It’s 1983, Doug Flutie (and Boston College) vs. West Virginia, and I was on defense. Doug Flutie has tried to score three times. We stopped him on the goal line. This is the game-changing play. Our backs are against the wall…”

Before he became a star player for UPS, Eddie Hughes was an outside linebacker for the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineers. He recalls the scene—and the logistics—of his most treasured football moment, WVU’s 27-17 victory over Boston College on September 24, 1983. Eddie made seven tackles to help his team win that game. He continues:

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Meet UPS Ambassador Desmond Howard: Videos
Desmond Howard

To me, nothing compares to a crisp fall Saturday.  It’s all there: sweatshirt and jeans, crystal blue sky, blazing foliage, and the smell of freshly cut grass.  All is right with the world . . . just don’t burn the brats.

Then, when game-time nears and the anticipation builds, things come into sharper focus.  The strategy’s been set.  The game-plan is in place.  Now, it all comes down to performance and execution.

And, who better to share that experience than UPS’s new Game-Changer ambassadors: Air Force Academy Head Coach Troy Calhoun, Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly, ESPN Analyst Kirk Herbstreit and ESPN Analyst Desmond Howard?

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It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane… It’s a UPSer to the Rescue
Ethan Callif

UPS driver Ethan Callif of Columbus, Ohio, isn’t fooling anyone. “I’m just a regular guy,” he said. But sticking out from beneath his brown uniform collar, everyone can see his red cape.

It was a normal Thursday morning in July and Ethan was on his route when the unexpected happened. A traffic accident caused a motorist to lose control of her car and Ethan saw it crash into a deep pond. 

“I had no thoughts,” said Ethan. “I just knew I had to go get her.”

Ethan parked his package car, ran fully-clothed into the pond and swam out to the sinking vehicle. The lady in the car climbed out to sit on the passenger window sill with her hands on the roof, but she was sinking fast.  She couldn’t swim.

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Seven Years as Santa’s Helper

Dianne Gentel and Dan SheldonIn the summer, the harbors of northern Lake Michigan towns bustle with sailboats, jet-skis and sport-fishing boats. Regional art shows and festivals of all sorts play host to throngs of tourists who frequent downtown streets. 

It’s this annual tourist migration that supports cottage industries and a steady seasonal economy that survives despite being within the larger Michigan market. A market that never seemed to quite pull out of the last recession before the current one landed like a tsunami and washed across the already beleaguered state. 

Dianne Gentel is one of those local northern Michiganians who follows the ebb and flow of the seasons. 

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