Illustration: Motivation

Carl Linder, in his early life, had to quit high school to work on his family's dairy farm. From there, he founded a chain of stores that was a combination of ice cream store and convenience store. He worked hard and eventually owned at one time or another a supermarket chain, bank, insurance company, amusement park, Chiquita Banana and the Cincinnati Reds.

He not only became one of the wealthiest men in America, but also one of the most generous. Many great things in the greater Cincinnati area bear his name. Many of his other acts of kindness were under the radar. He was affectionately known in the community as "Uncle Carl." Behind all this was a deep commitment to the Christian faith. He died at the age of 92 on Oct. 17, 2011.

Some remember he kept himself motivated by carrying with him a stack of cards with motivational or inspirational sayings printed on them. They helped motivate him, but often he would give some of them away as a blessing to others. He was a testimony to the role of faith, hope and love in the life of a human being.