Retired - Superintendent Park Planning & Development
U.S. Air Force
What I would like to share with my Class of '66 classmates?
I'd be surprised that anyone reading this would remember me as anything but the basketball/football manager guy. Certainly nothing in the classroom would have made much impression to anyone.
After AHS, I went to Elon, I got it together and transferred to U of Georgia for my degree. Decided on USAF after that (no ground pounding in Vietnam for me) I ended up being a Russian linguist. Later worked through Masters' degrees from Arizona and at UVa in urban planning and landscape architecture, respectively. Had a wonderful and fulfilling professional career, the last 15 years acquiring, designing and coordinating construction of parks and public facilities. Retired in 2011.
Oh and the sports stuff - I did manage to make that happen. I starting winning in track at the college level at Elon and won the conference my sophomore year -- by the end of my senior year at the University of Georgia had worked onto a track scholarship there. I ran track competitively in the military in Europe and into my early 30's. Now for exercise, I now walk about 15 miles a week and travel when I can.
My life for the last 25 years has been in the Midwest. Kansas City is a great place to raise a family. I love my absolutely wonderful and accomplished children and I am very proud of what they've done and are doing. Judy and I were married in January 2012. We live a wonderful urban neighborhood in KC and love the energy of the area. Great 'walk-to' location, including grocery, post office, UPS, bank, creative local retail shops and five of the best restaurants in the metro.
I love travel and can't get enough of Italy. I spent 2 weeks in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Judy and I spent time in Paris in 2011 - again to France and Barcelona this summer. My interest in landscape photography gives me even more reason to go explore.
My favorite story from my days at AHS..
Wow, how many wonderful teachers and friends were there?!! The last three years of high school, four of us sat together at lunch at 'our table' (near the windows, midway down) -- it was Sam Clarke, Mike Donohue, Terry DeLong and me. The laughs, experiences and times we had, helped me to be who I am. We have life long friendships still - sharing family moments, kid's accomplishments, and our occasionally challenges -- unfortunately we lost Terry several years ago.
Other stuff that stands out -- team bus trips "across the mountain" to the Valley; pulling the curtain for the play Our Town in the 8th grade; almost not graduating because I was so shy that I wouldn't stand in front of the class and recite Shakespeare in Mr. Turner's 12th grade English class; Mr. Simmons' band classes; cross county practice running down to the creek and up to Shack Mountain; not having a clue as what to do about the girls I was interested in; not having a clue in Dr. Lindsay's chemistry class; Mr. Null -- who gave me huge responsibility as varsity manager in basketball as a freshman.