1962 Central Park NYC

   Joseph Maloof grew up in Boston during the depression with 10 other brothers and sisters and no father.
He became a Boy Scout Leader in 1939 at the ripe old age of 18.
After serving in United States Army during World War II in the European Campaign, he returned home with an English wife who had served in the Royal Air Force.  Joseph graduated from Fitchburg State Teachers College and became a high school teacher and later received a Masters Degree from Westfield State College.  Most of his career was with the City of Springfield Massachusetts.  He was the leader of Troop 53 in Springfield and then became a Boy Scout Commissioner.  He and his wife are buried in the National Cemetery on Cape Cod.  The following poem was a favorite of his two sons growing up and continues to this day.
Found in the "Handbook for Boys", 1940, Boy Scouts of America.
Written by Edgar A. Guest


Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You've all that the greatest of men have had,

Two arms, to hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise,
With this equipment they all began,
 So start for the top and say, "I can."

Look them over, the wise and great,
They take their food from a common plate.
 And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes,
The world considers them brave and smart.
But you've all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if you only will,
You're well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen great deeds to do,
Began his life with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one, who must choose your place,
You must say where you want to go,
How much you will study the truth to know,
God has equipped you for life, but He
Lets you decide what you want to be.

Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win,
So figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began.
Get hold of yourself, and say: "I can."