Imi Lichtenfeld was born in Hungary in 1910. His father was a police officer and a former circus acrobat, so he brought Imi up with the self-defense and gymnastic skills that he had honed over the course of his two careers. Imi proved a natural athlete, and would go on to win several boxing and wrestling championships during his young manhood.
Darin Davenport started playing paintball when he was 12 years old. “Playing” might be a bit of a stretch, though — Darin’s family only had one paintball gun at the time, so his older brother would give him a mask and a head start, and then proceed to hunt him in the woods for a preadolescent version of The Most Dangerous Game. Aren’t big brothers the best?
When Stephanie Miller was a little girl, her grandmother would delight her with freshly baked butterhorns. The fluffy pastries were the old Midwestern matriarch’s specialty. Stephanie learned how to make butterhorns just like her grandmother, measuring amounts of butter, kneading dough, and carefully rolling them into their signature crescent shape with her tiny hands until she learned the trick exactly. Butterhorns symbolized family love to Stephanie, and their creation kept her in the kitchen where she continued learning new ways to delight her family herself. Many Midwestern grandmas such as Stephanie’s have seen that their families are well-cared for in a similar fashion, with small protégés under their arms to carry the fire on for them for long to come.
Dogs first started palling around with people tens of thousands of years ago. They chose us not because we had bouncy rubber balls to throw to them, or cozy beds for them to sleep on, or Milk Bone biscuits to give them in exchange for doing tricks. They teamed up with us because we shared a mutual goal — taking wild game. All dogs were once hunting dogs.