Lenio Montini THE TOUGHEST MAN ON EARTH // In memory of Lenio Montini //(The following article appears in Mr. Goudas’ Biography, THE IMMIGRANT. Holding the opinion that this article mirrors Mr. LENIO MONTINI as a personality. We would like to share it with all of you, remembering this great man). Since we all (the writers) contributed to this Biography, we asked Mr. Goudas who is his favorite wrestler and who, according to him, is the toughest of them all. He surprisingly responded, “The Great Montini”. We then requested him to explain what he meant since we never heard of a wrestler by that name. Mr. Goudas then explained that he has known Mr. Montini for the last thirty-five years. He is the owner of synonymous products under the brand (Montini), which so many people know. His major item is oil, but he also has many other Italian products. Mr. Goudas further mentioned to us that unfortunately, in the last decade, Mr. Montini has encountered several illnesses, including diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney problems, loss of 95% of his vision, and he has had several heart attacks and strokes. Despite these problems, Mr. Montini continues to be in his office by 8:00 a.m. and is the last one to leave. When Mr. Goudas occasionally asked him about his health, Mr. Montini answered like this: “I am not going to die from kidney disease because I have no kidneys anyway. I will not die from a brain tumor because I have no brain left as a result of all the strokes. I am not going to die from heart failure, because I have had so many heart attacks, I have no heart. But many people have advised me to shoot you old bastard, but I am going to postpone this until I can see better so I do not miss.” Despite the fact that all of the above is said jokingly, Mr. Goudas believes that Mr.Lenny Montini is the toughest man on earth. The food business is like one of the biggest wrestling rings you have ever seen. Not only does he have to battle competition for shelf space, but he also battles his health, which may be considered the toughest opponent of all. In this picture, you can see Mr. Lenio Montini at Mr. Goudas’ 30th-anniversary celebration (in Canada, 1997). It is also the last picture of him taken in public. He was a very good friend of Mr. Goudas, despite the fact that were competitors. Montini passed away on Nov 13, 2005. The article in my biography about my friend, Mr. Montini never revealed daily events. For instance, that he had lost part of his leg due to diabetes, and his vision was almost non-existent, and that on many occasions, I took him from his office to a restaurant for an evening out. His strict diet to maintain whatever was left from his body; except for a brilliant mind, since his body was eroding from the disease translated into the only food he could indulge in, was a salad with a few drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Since I would not like to see anyone in this situation, I sincerely hope that the information in this book will be an inspiration and starting point for those who realize that this is the path that they are on or are heading into and that he/she will stop for a moment to consider and evaluate his/ her situation and the consequences, eventually, making a conscious the decision to make a lifestyle change that may save his/her life. I am not advocating or endorsing this diet. I simply feel that the circumstances that Dr. Phil found himself in are not isolated. His experience is real and life-changing. Life is good. Moderation should be a key factor in nutrition. Without one’s health, there is no life! Sincerest thank you, to Phil Klasen, also known as Dr. Phil. Regards, Spyros Peter Goudas.