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Shooting Star

The name Tecumseh translates to "goes through one place to another". The name refers to a shooting star. Will was named after the figurehead called "Tecumseh" that gazes eternally toward the main entrance of Bancroft Hall at the US Naval Academy.  I was there from '83 to '84 and threw my share of penny's at the bust. For midshipmen Tecumseh was the "God of 2.0", the passing grade point average at the academy. When it was time for Ness and I to name our first son, we chose Tecumseh.  We did not know it at the time but both the Chief and Will shared a common spirit. Chief Tecumseh, like Will, had many layers and was respected and loved by most.  Will was an avid reader, athlete, joker and thinker. Much more than I am.  So I'll leave you with some original writings from both men who go through one place to another. - Will Hurley   

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." – Tecumseh Native America
“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home." – Tecumseh Native America
“I am your below average mathematician. I am your advanced magician." – Will T.R. Hurley
"I am a man. Defined by the rigidness of my jaw my persona is exemplified. Stone walls have been jealous of my features. My voice is a mixture of rustic undertones complimented by the ability to sing every Beetle’s song ever written."– Will T.R. Hurley
"I have sailed through tempests, flew through lightning, driven through fire, and walked through hail. From small blocks I have built major cities, toppled them, and then restored them to their old fame."  – Will T.R. Hurley
"Even if you only spend one night with a person the impact that they can have on your own thoughts and perspective can open you up to yourself and others."  – Will T.R. Hurley
"It is strange waking up in the morning in a lean-to. The people that the previous night you shared your thoughts and desires with are gone. "  – Will T.R. Hurley