Jacob has been my brother since 1976. He was born and I was 3 years old. I never appreciated him as a kid. All I saw was a skrawny, half-blind kid that had a difficult time catching a baseball. I used to tell him that he was lucky that I didn’t beat him up everyday the way his pal Tyler got beat up each day by his older brother. I actually meant it too. Shameful. It’s embarrasing to think of now. He just needed a big brother to help him out. This is the reason I excersize a great deal of patience with my children’s incivility to each other. They’ll grow out of it.
I didn’t see the clever, witty, kind hearted kid that he was. He always helped out around the house and made loyal lifelong friends around him.
He’s got a generous heart and a syncopated sense of humor that cannot be duplicated.
Ladies and Gentlemen…Jacob Ball
What I do for a living: I am a bare-knuckled political operative. I manage Senator Mike Crapo’s reelection campaign. It’s a great job because he’s an excellent candidate, a real person and a superb member of the U.S. Senate.
Initially I wanted to be a: Fine artist. My ambition from the time I was 13 was to be a professional painter.
My favorite music is: Classical music from the Romantic period, about 1820 to 1910.
My favorite book is: The Mystery of Capitalism by Hernando DeSoto, closely followed by Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
My favorite movie is: Quiz Show. It demonstrates that the great wheels of history move on narrow, fragile axles.
My favorite TV show is: Sponge Bob Square Pants
My favorite meal is: The alfredo pizza, salad bar and an apple beer from the Brick Oven in Provo, Utah.
I am most irritated by: Sponge Bob Square Pants and people who believe that more government is a solution to our collective challenges.
A current major influence is: My brothers who are not afraid to try something that nobody has done before.
I get the greatest pleasure from: having foot races with my sons, making my baby girl giggle and spending time with my wife.
I am most uncomfortable when: I’m in the driver’s seat of an old beat-up German sedan.
My proudest/fondest memory was: Winning the 400 Meter Dash at the Boise Elementary City-wide Track Meet in 1988.
My last personal purchase was: A 1980 Mercedes Benz 250, European specification, automobile
The purpose of life is: To make something that is still useful long after you’re gone.