Easy Eddie doesn’t sound like a typical name for an attorney but it makes sense when you understand that Ed was from the south side of Chicago and his unusual law practice had a client of one; Al Capone.
After doing Al’s books and keeping him out of trouble for many years, Al’s business switched from bootlegging booze to the harsher elements of organized crime. Although Easy Eddie had made a series of compromises over the years, he finally decided it was time for him to come clean. He turned state’s evidence and was the primary witness for sending Capone to jail for life. A year later, a Mob hit took out Easy Ed making his choice look like a mistake.
On February 20, 1942, however, Easy Ed’s choice showed up in the character of his son who found himself flying the sole aircraft facing an enemy bomber squadron bound for the USS Lexington. Single handedly, he shot down five bombers and was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor - becoming America’s first ace in WWII.
Easy Eddie’s once disgraced last name was O’Hare, but because of the legacy of a principle-based choice, Eddie’s son Butch not only became a hero but is honored to this day by having one of the busiest airports in the world named after him.
The choices we make every day can either compromise our character or build it up, and the impact is not just on the immediate decision but also on the generations to come. May all your choices be good choices this week.
It’s a good life!