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Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
I KNEW THERE WAS A QUESTION SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY, FOR YOU CHI CHI. I'VE HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR FATHER SEVERAL TIMES. HE SEEMS TO HAVE HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE. WHAT WOULD HE BE MOST PROUD OF AS IT RELATES TO YOUR LIFE? JEFF, FROM COLUMBUS, OHIO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL ONE OF THE UH, JEFF, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MY DADDY GAVE ME, HE GAVE ME SELF CONFIDENCE. HE, HE UH HE LET ME MAKE MY DECISIONS SINCE I WAS A YOUNG MAN, AND THE RESPECT OF MY DAD TO THE KIDS WAS INCREDIBLE. MY DAD WAS KIND OF A VERY STERN MAN. HE NEVER, HE NEV. HE NEVER KISSED US.

HE NEVER HUGGED US. HE JUST SHOOK OUR HAND, AND HE'D LOOK AT YOU IN THE EYE AND YOU KNOW WHEN HE LOOKED AT YOU IN THE EYE YOU ALWAYS LOOKED AWAY BECAUSE HE WAS A VERY STRONG PERSON, BUT, HE WAS OUR BEST FRIEND.

WE USED TO, MY FATHER USED TO COME FROM WORK, HE WORE BIG BOOTS, YOU KNOW, HE WORKED FOR THE SAME MAN FOR 30 YEARS AND NEVER PAID HIM OVER EIGHTEEN DOLLARS A WEEK AND UH MY DADDY GOT A HEART ATTACK AND HE FIRED HIM AFTER 30 YEARS. HE NEVER MISSED A DAY. HE NEVER MISSED A DAY WORKING 16, 18 HOURS A DAY, BUT ANYWAY, WHEN HE USED TO COME FROM WORK, HE HAD HIS BOOTS, WE USED TO TAKE HIS BOOTS OFF. MY SISTER, ONE OF MY SISTERS USED TO BRING THE, THE HOT WATER. WE PUT HIS FEET IN THERE. THEN WE TAKE SOAP. WE WASH HIS FEET. THEN ONE BROTHER WOULD DRY THEM OUT AND ANOTHER SISTER WOULD CUT HIS CORNS AND THE OTHER SISTER WOULD MASSAGE HIS FEET. THAT WAS THE KIND OF MAN HE WAS, AND I TELL YOU WHAT, HE WAS A SHARING MAN, BECAUSE ONE TIME, THIS REALLY HAPPENED, I MUST HAVE BEEN TEN YEARS OLD. I REMEMBER LIKE NOW, HE WOKE ME UP ABOUT 2:00 IN THE MORNING AND HE SAID DON JUAN, DON JUAN, WAKE UP, AND I SAID WHAT'S WRONG DAD? HE SAYS IT SEEMS LIKE SOMEBODY'S GOING TO STEAL MY BANANAS AND WE HAD A BANANA TREE IN THE BACK, THAT WAS, HAD A BANANA BUNCH AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL HE WAS SAVING IT FOR US TO EAT, YOU KNOW, SO HE WENT AND TURNED THE LIGHT ON IN THE BACK AND ONE OF OUR NEIGHBORS AS THERE WITH A MACHETE.

NOW MY DAD ASKED HIM, HE SAID DON SO AND SO, HE SAYS, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? AND HE SAID WELL DON JUAN IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS GOING TO RAIN AND I WAS UNDER YOUR HOUSE, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE RAIN AND MY DADDY LOOKED AT THE, AT THE SKY AND THERE WASN'T A, THERE WASN'T A CLOUD IN THE SKY. IT WAS ALL STARS UP THERE, SO, HE WALKED DOWN THE STAIRWAY. HE, HE HAD TOLD THE GUY, HE SAID GIVE ME THE MACHETE. SO I SAID, MY GOD, HE'S GOING TO HIT HIM WITH THAT MACHETE AND MY DAD, THE GUY GAVE HIM THE MACHETE. HE WENT OVER, HE CUT THE BANANA BUNCH IN HALF AND HE GAVE IT TO HIM AND HE SAID DON SO AND SO, HE SAYS, FROM NOW ON, WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING FROM THE BACK OF MY HOUSE, HE SAYS, COME THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. JUST MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE ENOUGH FOR MY KIDS, AND THAT HAD A BIG IMPACT ON MY LIFE.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU SURE THIS FELLOW, TUCKER, WHO HAD THE FOOTBALL BETWEEN HIS LEGS AND THE TOWELS UNDER HIS ARMS WAS AN INTELLIGENT MAN?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
HE'S A MILLIONAIRE. MAYBE

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
HE MAY HAVE INHERITED IT.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
MAYBE, MAYBE HE INHERITED THE MONEY.
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME, TELL ME ABOUT THE CERTAIN TEED HALL OF FAME GOLF CHALLENGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THIS HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE, FROM THE 20TH TO THE 22ND THIS MONTH AND I'D LIKE TO INVITE YOU OVER, PETER, TO BE OUR GUEST AND PLAY IN IT.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU CHI CHI.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YOU'LL, YOU'LL, YOU'LL ADD A LOT TO OUR TOURNAMENT, BUT CERTAIN TEED IS A CORPORATION THAT I'VE BEEN WITH FOR 28 YEARS. I'VE BEEN THEIR SPOKESPERSON FOR 28 YEARS AND I JUST SIGNED ANOTHER FIVE WITH THEM, SO WE'RE DOING THIS HALL OF FAME CHALLENGE. WE'RE GOING TO GET TEN WOMEN AND TEN MEN AND UH

PETER KESSLER
AND THESE ARE LPGA PLAYERS

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
MOST OF THEM OVER THE AGE OF 40

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
EVEN THOUGH WE SHOULDN'T TELL PEOPLE THAT, AND, AND FELLOWS FROM THE SENIOR TOUR.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YES. AND UH WE ARE GOING TO PLAY WITH AMATEURS THE FIRST TWO DAYS AND THEN THE LAST DAY WE'RE GOING TO PLAY 5 FOURSOMES. IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A TOURNAMENT BECAUSE IT'S, IT'S NEVER BEEN DONE LIKE THAT BEFORE AND UH, UH IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS. IT'S GOING TO BE TELEVISED ON THANKSGIVING DAY BY, BY UH FOX TV. I WISH THE GOLF CHANNEL WAS DOING IT, YOU BEING THE, YOU BEING THE MAIN GUY BUT IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A TOURNAMENT. IT'S GOING TO GO THE, THE CHARITIES ARE GOING TO BE MY FOUNDATION AND THE, THE, THE FIRST TEE FOUNDATION.

I THINK PRESIDENT BUSH IS COMING TO, TO RECEIVE THE MONEY BECAUSE HE'S THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OF THE FIRST TEE ASSOCIATION WHICH UH, WHICH THE TOUR HAS AND UH THOSE ARE THE TWO MAIN CHARITIES.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME, IT'S 21 YEARS NOW SINCE YOU STARTED THE CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ YOUTH FOUNDATION. TELL ME WHAT'S GOING ON NOW.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL WE UH, WE HAVE KIDS THAT, WE HAVE TWO, TWO KIDS THAT ARE CAPTAINS, WELL THEY'RE NOT KIDS ANYMORE, THEY'RE CAPTAINS OF AN F16. WE HAVE DOCTORS, WE HAVE LAWYERS, WE HAVE THE SCHOOL TEACHERS, WE HAVE CAPTAINS IN THE NAVY, I MEAN WE HAVE, WE HAVE SO MANY KIDS THAT HAVE GRADUATED AND, AND PETER WE HAVE A, WE HAVE THE, THE ONLY PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES WHICH IS FUNDED WITH PRIVATE FUNDING. THAT'S WHY YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BELIEVE IN PRIVATIZING THE SCHOOL SYSTEM BECAUSE, YOU SEE, THE GOVERNMENT
CAN'T COME OVER AND TELL US THAT WE CAN NOT PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

I THINK WHEN A KID LEARNS TO RESPECT THE FLAG, HE CAN LEARN TO RESPECT THE OTHERS AND TO RESPECT HIMSELF AND THAT'S THE FIRST THING MY KIDS DO IN THE MORNING, IN OUR SCHOOL.

NOW, THEY CLOSED THEIR EYES. THEY DON'T HAVE TO PRAY. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH GOD I DON'T THINK. YOU UNDERSTAND, SO, SO THEY CAN PRAY IF THEY WANT. IF THEY DON'T WANT TO PRAY THEY DON'T HAVE TO PRAY, BUT ANYWAY WE USE THIS SCHOOL AS A VEHICLE, YOU KNOW, THROUGH GOLF, WE USE IT AS A VEHICLE FOR THESE KIDS TO BECOME THE TAX PAYERS INSTEAD OF THE TAX BURDENS. TO BE THE EXECUTIVES INSTEAD OF THE FELONS. WE WANT THEM TO LOOK LIKE YOU, TO LOOK LIKE ME, TO LOOK LIKE JACK NICKLAUS, TO LOOK LIKE TIGER WOODS, TO LIKE LIKE, YOU KNOW, LIKE ARNOLD PALMER.

THAT'S THE WAY I WANT MY KIDS TO LOOK. I'M VERY PROUD TO TELL YOU THAT LAST YEAR, THEY DID A TEST ON ALL THE PUBLIC, PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES AND MY KIDS WERE NUMBER ONE IN ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS, AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS HAPPENING, SO THEY REDID THE TEST AND THE SECOND TIME MY KIDS DID BETTER THAN THE FIRST TIME. SO, THESE ARE KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN, GAVE UP, BY, BY SOCIETY. THESE ARE KIDS, YOU KNOW, I'M VERY PROUD .

TO TELL YOU TOO THAT THE PINELLAS COUNTY JUDGE, INSTEAD OF SENDING A KID TO DETENTION CENTER, NOW, HE SENDS HIM TO US. WE'RE, WE'RE SUCCESSFUL, WE'RE 99 PERCENT OF ALL OUR KIDS, WE DO 150 KIDS A DAY. WE DO ABOUT 650 KIDS A YEAR. THEY'RE THE BEST DRESSED KIDS IN FLORIDA. THEY'RE THE BEST, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T ALLOW THOSE BAGGY PANTS. WE DRESS THE KIDS. WE MAKE THEM BE PROUD OF THEMSELVES. I, I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT KIDS DON'T DO VERY WELL IN SCHOOLS IS THAT, I THINK A PERSON FEELS HOW HE, HOW HE LOOKS.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU WENT TO SEE A DOCTOR AND HE HAD A RED COAT ON YOU WOULD WALK OUT. HE'S GOT TO HAVE A GREEN ONE OR A WHITE ONE. THAT'S WHAT A DOCTOR'S SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE. ANYWAY, WE MAKE THEM, WE GIVE THEM SELF ESTEEM BECAUSE THEY WORK AT THE FOUNDATION. WE PAY THEM. IT'S THEIR PLACE, REALLY. THE FOUNDATION HAS GOT MY NAME ON IT, BUT IT'S THE KID'S PLACE. THEY UH THEY BECOME, SOME OF THEM ARE GOLF PROS. WE GOT A BUNCH OF GOLF PROS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF THERE. ONE THING THAT WE TELL OUR KIDS IS DON'T

TELL ANYBODY WHERE YOU CAME FROM BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF THEM THAT HAVE SCAR IN THEIR HEARTS AND I DON'T WANT A KID TO BECOME VERY SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE AND SAY I CAME OUT OF CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ' PLACE AND THEN WHY, WHY WERE YOU THERE? AND HE HAS TO ANSWER. I DON'T WANT HIM TO HAVE TO ANSWER THAT, BUT YEAH, WE'RE VERY PROUD OF IT AND I HOPE THAT WHEN GEORGE BUSH WINS, HE CAN GO AND LOOK AND SEE WHAT WE DO THERE .

AND MAYBE THEY CAN COPY THAT PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES IN FEDERAL LAND BECAUSE IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PROGRAM. DAN QUAIL WENT THERE AND HE LOVED IT. HE SAYS IF WE WIN AGAIN, YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT BUSH AND I WILL, WILL REDO THIS, THIS ALL OVER THE FEDERAL LAND, THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND I SAID THAT WOULD BE BEAUTIFUL IF YOU COULD DO IT, BUT OF COURSE THEY LOST, YOU KNOW, AND WE NEVER DID IT, BUT I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE, SHOULD BE DONE ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. NOT WITH MY NAME, BUT WITH OTHER DIFFERENT NAME. WHAT WE WOULD DO IS, WE WOULD GO, SAY MICHAEL JORDAN WANTED TO DO IT IN CHICAGO.

NOW WE WOULD GO OVER THERE AND TEACH HIM. TEACH HIM HOW TO DO IT AND THEY CAN PUT HIS NAME ON IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND NO MATTER WHO'S ELECTED PRESIDENT TOMORROW, THEY'RE GOING TO BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE NUMBER FOR THE CERTAIN TEED HALL OF FAME GOLF CHALLENGE AND THAT TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 904-940-0316. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE WEBSITE CERTAIN TEED. I CAN'T READ IT ALL. YOU CAN PROBABLY SEE IT A LITTLE BETTER ON YOUR SCREEN AT HOME, BUT THERE'S THE WEBSITE AND YOU CAN SEE THAT IT WILL BE SHOWN ON

FOX SPORTS NET ON THE 23RD FROM 3:30 TO 5:30 PM EASTERN TIME. AGAIN, THE EVENT IS THE 20TH THROUGH THE 22ND . CERTAIN TEED HALL OF FAME GOLF CHALLENGE. THERE'S THE NUMBER TO BE INVOLVED OR MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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