After graduation I moved to Highland Park, lived with my grandfather and enrolled at Highland Park Junior College. After graduating from HPJC I moved into my first apartment. I was 20. Worked as a time-study consultant and creative director while going to Lawrence Tech at night. This was the beginning of my study in Architecture. The riots of 1967 nudged me to move from my New Center Apartment and pointed me toward Austin Texas. The weather, the beauty of the hill-country and the University of Texas School of Architecture made the decision to move from Detroit an easy one. While at UT I worked part time in the display department at Yaring’s. It paid for college. Then I was made Display Director. Later I was recruited by Scarbroughs to be Head of Display for their stores. (Architecture would have to wait a while..) Scarbroughs was a family owned department store - thirty windows in the downtown flagship store and four floors of interiors plus two suburban locations. Five very creative people on my staff. GREAT JOB!!! After Scarbrough's was sold to the May Group in 1974 I made my way to Dallas. Next I wanted something that did not involve managerial decisions or keeping reins on a staff of “highly creatives.” A “travel” opportunity presented itself. How about truck driving? So, for eight weeks I was copilot on a box truck delivering antiques around the country. A friend suggested I interview with Vivian Watson, owner of a Design Showroom. And as they say, “That was the beginning of a wonderful association...” Vivian Watson Associates was established in 1968 and has become one of the “Grand Dame’ showrooms in the Dallas Design District, selling high-end lighting, furniture, building hardware, plumbing and accessories to interior designers and architects across the country. After Vivian passed away in 1990 I purchased the company from her son in 1993 when he retired. Vivian Watson Associates has been a long chapter in my Great Adventure. I am still working. My architectural training is now something I get to use often. In 1983 I designed a condo-project for Vivian and one for her son. In 1991 I designed the sanctuary for a local Cathedral and subsequent education/office addition and Memorial Garden. I consult with four designers and get to travel to wonderful projects all across the US. Still active in the arts, taking watercolor classes and painting in my spare time. My latest One-Man-Show was in March at the Dallas Public Library, Bradshaw Gallery (18 paintings). I have sung in Chorals with four different symphonies, Detroit, U of Texas, Dallas and Austin, Today I am a member of the Dallas Museum, ticket holder to the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Opera and Dallas Symphony. I usually get to Michigan twice a year and am looking forward to a very special adventure this September when I get to see y’all, my Milford High classmates. I believe there are several others coming from the Dallas area.
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