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Married 32 years on Sept 17th 2004 to Sue with one son, Josh, age 29
In our 20th year memory book, I mentioned college, dropping out of college one semester short of an Architecture degree, designing homes and apartments as a licensed designer (not an architect), forming an automotive import warehouse which later failed due to the economy, and operating our family’s trucking business. I guess at graduation time I would never have thought of being self-employed, of being deeply involved in Motorsports, or living to attain this age… At one time or another in our high school years and into early college, the phrase: live a fast life and leave a good-looking corpse was thrown about often. Not having to worry much about the latter possibility, I tried to live fast and hang on to as much life as I could, sometimes more cautiously than needed, a safe path if you will. As I married, became a father, and helped to raise a fine young lad into a young man, I lived vicariously through my son: Basketball center (I was too short); Track star in distance and high-jump (I was too slow and too heavy); and a 4.0 GPA for his Senior year (I was lucky to pass). That said, since high school I have lived a great life (so far) and have built a successful business, helped to build a successful marriage, helped to build a fine young man. None of these were things I thought I could do in 1964. Now that I have time to do things for me, I have returned to racing, specifically Performance Rally (smaller scale of what you see on television as World Rally Championship) and I also enjoy the more laid-back auto rallies where speed is not the main factor, with precision timing, early-or-late, and course-following being more important than speed. And I’m certain that Mrs. Brown, the entire BHS staff for that matter, would be amazed that I have also taken up writing.
In part, the mere fact that I chose to answer this is a significant change. I’m not so bashful as before. My brother-in-law suffered a broken neck in a fall from a horse (same as Christopher Reeves) a few years ago, and while it most certainly changed his life, it also changed all the lives around him. An active physical man was put into a motorized chair, no longer able to directly do any of the outdoor activities he once enjoyed. Shortly after his accident, our entire extended family changed from “career minded” and “retirement obsessed” to living each day as it comes and enjoying the company of close friends and family on a daily basis. Mortality is real. Life is fragile.
Travel, although integral to my work, is also my pastime. Not quite a passion, but perhaps in the next few years. Travel is also part of my hobbies. Motorsports takes me over a wide geographical palette, where I can draw from a bit of color here and there to paint a better picture of my life.
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