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Validating old sayings by the life he lived

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“When your door of opportunity opens, remember it’s because someone oiled the hinges for you.” — Old saying certified by Jim Chionsini as an “Old Italian Saying.” I never heard of old Italian sayings before I met Jim Chionsini. Since that day, however, there’s hardly a day passes that I don’t think about one. A huge door of opportunity opened for me the day I met Jim at a Lion’s Club meeting in Center a little more than 40 years ago. He was the new owner of the East Texas Light newspaper in Center and I was new in town seeking employment ...

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