Graduated East Meck in '67 and went to North Georgia College in Dahlonega (now the University of North Georgia). NCG is one of the Senior Military Colleges, along with Norwich, Citadel, VMI, Texas A & M, VPI, but had the distinction of having been Coed since it's founding in 1873 - yes EIGHTEEN Seventy Three! We liked having girls on campus! I married one, the love of my life, Deborah, from Alpharetta, GA. We have a fine son who, with his lovely wife, have given us a handsome grandson! Our family is small, but tight.
Was commissioned as an Armor officer (Tanks), on graduation in '71 and did my Active Duty at Ft. Knox, and Ft. Hood. With the build-down from Vietnam went into the Reserves and served in the NC National Guard for about 10 years, then into the Army Reserve until going into the "Retired Reserve" in '96 as a Major.
In the civilian world, I spent most of my time as a Telecommunications professional with Southern/Bell, BellSouth, and as Manager of Corporate Telecommunications for Cone Mills Corporation, which moved me to Greensboro in '88. Had my own consulting business for a while and finally retired from AT&T in 2012. I also spent a some time in the insurance business.
My other activities involve a number of historical organizations, Board of Directors of the Fledgeling NC National Guard Museum and the Greensboro Masonic Museum. I became fascinated by the Great War/World War 1 some years ago and have amassed a nice collection of artifacts, uniforms, weapons, misc gear from that era. I do a good bit of research. I'm also involved in historical reenacting of various periods. In other words, I never outgrew "playing Army" - - even after doing it for real!
I'm an active Freemason and have held various offices in my Lodge and at state and international level. It's been a good run!
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