Every year when June 2nd rolls around again, I have no choice but to take pause and reflect on my life, both personally and professionally.

You see, it was on this date in 1989 that two very monumental points of demarcation occurred to me.

Todd E. Lyons, Esquire, cake (bottom center) and maternal grandparents Ed and Elaine Gleeson.
Todd E. Lyons/TSM

First, I took part in the commencement exercises as I had graduated from West Valley High School.  A big day for many in their life and certainly one of if not the biggest in one's life at that age.

But before I sweated my arse off in the hot June sun while sitting in a folding chair on the football gridiron at Clasen Field (the SunDome hadn't been built yet!) something even bigger happened that continues to this day.

Earlier - WAAYYY earlier that day - I worked my first shift on the radio where I actually got paid!  I did a midnight to 6:00 a.m. shift at a local country music station and have continued to turn a buck to this day in an industry I fell in love with at a very young age.

While I wasn't quite used to staying up all night, the adrenaline pumping through my veins kept me going all night and all day.  The excitement and anxiousness of both of these events happening simultaneously fueled me.

While I don't remember much specifically about receiving my diploma, I do remember the train wreck that was my first "show."  My father, god bless him, stayed awake all night to listen and record on to a cassette tape my first night on the air.

I still don't have the balls to listen to it.

Maybe June 2nd of 2039 at my 50th anniversary I will.