||If you’ve read Joyce’s bio,
you know some of mine. We’ve been married almost 37 years
and raised two children; Chris age 36 and Andrea age 30. We also
have one Grandson, Brendon, who is 9 years old.
After High School I attended Ohio State University. I got my
degree, Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Social Sciences. Most
people who knew me in High School would figure that was a major
that was about perfect for me. College was a great experience
for me, I joined a Fraternity, went to great football games, drank
too much, got some exposure to lots of different culture and people,
and learned a few things from books. There were lots of extra
curricular events, but I was usually working to pay my way through.
One of my goals was always to go back with lots of money, take
classes that I never went to, attend lots of parties, have a really
cool car, nice apartment, and just live the experience to the
fullest. Fortunately, I matured before I was able to live my dream.
When I look back on our times from High School to our adult lives
I can’t help but remember some of the really significant
events of the time, Viet Nam, race riots, LSD, marijuana, Martin
Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, Woodstock, the Kent State riots I
guess Viet Nam affects me the most. That event affected the lives
of so many men and women of our generation. When we got out of
High School, it was either go on to school, or Viet Nam, there
was no wiggle room or time to “find yourself” after
high school. I think our class only lost one member to that war,
and it amazes me that I was never involved. It was always my goal
to get a college education. That one goal and fate helped me move
right past what was probably one of the biggest risks of our young
After graduation from college, I worked in Pharmaceutical sales.
I was fortunate to make a 33 year career with two companies. I
retired in 2006, partly because I was ready to and partly because
of a disability with my back. I did OK in business, I won my share
of awards, got a few promotions and made some big deals, but no
one could accuse me of being a workaholic.
My hobbies included wood working, boating, golf, and any other
reason to take off Wednesday afternoon. I’m actually pretty
good with making things from wood. I restored an old Lyman boat
one year. We used it for several harrowing trips on Lake Erie
until I got smart and we bought a “plastic” boat.
The old Lyman always turned heads at the dock though. I make mostly
art work now from wood. I do high end jewelry boxes and lathe
turned vases and bowls, and I sell them in galleries and art shows.
With Joyce’s help, I actually got photographs of two of
my pieces published in two separate books. I guess all that work
I had to do on that old house in Berkey paid off some.
There are a couple things that were my favorites in high school,
the social events, the great looking girls (especially the one
I married), my friends, and the cars! God how I loved the cars
of our time! I never had one of the really cool ones, but one
of these days, I’m going to break into our 401 K fund and
re live that dream.