Nice going Bill, and that is a great day for sure.
I get people in the L shop here in Tokyo that you see on TV, one guy has been a "B" movie actor for some time, lots of made for TV dramas etc. He has recently been moved up to a leading role in these shows and a co-star in a couple of decent Japanese movies. He comes into the L shop like everyone else to buy a six pack and some chips, I always say ""hi" and comment on the weather or his baseball team winning or losing etc, we chat for a minute and he leaves, a smile on his face. I treat him as just another local buying some beer, I think he appreciates that, because when the Monster-In-Law in at the counter and he comes in, she makes a BIG DEAL about his latest show etc and he always beats a hasty retreat, he does so politely, but it is obvious to me that he does not enjoy that kind of treatment, right there in the hood he lives in.
So I will say again, I think you did the right thing Bill, and even though Jim Whittaker will never know about it, I'm sure he would appreciate it.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward