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1960
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12/28/2012
Gene Tyson deceased 12/22/2012
Granville Eugene "Gene" Tyson, 70, of Lampasas died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at a Lampasas hospital. See full obituary posted on personal page. . . .  Continued

12/28/2012
Deceased Classmate Lanette Hasty Runion
Lanette "Nett" Hasty Runion, 71, passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. See obituary on her personal page. . . .  Continued

10/26/2010
POLY HIGH SCHOOL 50TH REUNION --- OVER...BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!
The Poly High School Class of 1960 50th Reunion was held on October 22 & 23, 2010. There was good attendance and everyone who was able to come seemed to have a wonderful time. Friday nigh . . .  Continued

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Roy Schenck


I have really enjoyed reading all the other Bios. The diversity of vocations and career paths that our class has taken is amazing.

When I left Fort Worth in 1960, my path was full of bends and curves. For the first fourteen months I traveled extensively throughout the Southwest and Eastern half of the US working the horse racing circuit. Laurel Racetrack was my last stop, thanks to a 16 ½ hand high, black stallion (Russian entry) that decided to run the Washington International Race a day early. My intention was to give him a light workout… galloping once around the track just to loosen him up. His intention was as soon as we got on the track was to run full out. He headed for the rail…I stood straight up and tried to rein him in…the reins broke…I fell off to one side…one foot hung up in the stirrup and I plowed a quarter mile of perfectly good racetrack with my nose before the catch ponies could stop him.

A week in a Maryland hospital, helped me decide to seek a different line of work. I went to the local recruiting office 3 times intending to enlist in the Marines. The Marine recruiter was never in his office, so I finally enlisted in the Air Force. I spent the next 20 years in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller.

I loved the traveling…Japan, England, Thule Greenland, 3rd Mobil Combat Group (TDY 180 days a year to numerous turbulent locations) Tinker AFB OK, and three assignments to Keesler AFB MS (Air Traffic Control School)…1st as a student, 2nd as an instructor and the 3rd as the ATC School Superintendent.

Japan was memorable for many reasons. Not only was it fantasy land for a single GI out of the US for the first time, but also the place where I met my bride to be. She is a Kansas farm girl, a graduate of Univ. of Kansas, who struck out to see the world. She was a DOD employee at Itazuke AB, Japan …Lucky me.

Thule, Greenland, on the other hand wasn’t so exciting. The running joke was that there was a girl behind every tree…well, there were no trees and there were no girls, and the temperature ranged between 170 and 32 degrees below zero. For entertainment we would climb Mount Dundas, a flat topped mountain 2 miles from base, to play our one hole golf course. Shot selection was very critical since the mountain was only one hundred feet wide and three hundred feet long. If you went in the rough it was best to take a drop and lose a stroke rather than trying to pitch four hundred feet straight up.

The second Keesler assignment was very fruitful since it allowed me to finish both my BA and MA at the University of Southern Mississippi. Evidenced by my ramblings, my major was not English! I retired from the AF at the end of my last Keesler assignment.

Retirement from the AF didn’t last long…My old boss enticed me into coming back as a civil servant at the Air Traffic Control school house. I taught the staff officer course for 3 years.

After that I worked as the Quality Assurance Evaluator for Air Traffic Services at Richards Gebaur AFB, Missouri, as liaison between the AF and an AF Reserve Unit to oversee base weather, nav-aids maintenance, base operations, and the control tower. A highlight there in south Kansas City was acquiring my private pilots license.

The next three years were spent at Scott AFB, IL as the procurer of nav-aid systems for Military Airlift Command. The next move was to Shaw AFB (Sumter, SC) to be the 9th AF Airspace Manager for all fighter wings under 9th AF. Since the Gulf War was staged from 9th AF, I was able to work very closely with General Horner, who orchestrated the air assault.

My next and last jump was to Langley AFB VA. When TAC and SAC merged into the Air Combat Command, I became Air Space Manager for all active duty, AF Reserve, and Air National Guard bomber and fighter units for the eastern half of the US. The next 4 years were spent negotiating and doing battle with Senators, Congressmen, FAA, and special interest groups to acquire and maintain the necessary air training routes, military operating areas, and bombing ranges for our units to hone their combat fighting skills…plus coordinating multi force exercises with the Army, Navy, Marines, and allied forces. The job included being a member of the Accident Investigation Board when military aircraft were involved, investigated military aircraft violations, and becoming involved in base closures and re-alignments.

Out of gas, I retired (again, permanently/maybe) in 1997.

We have lived in the small town of Poquoson, VA (close to the Chesapeake Bay) for 19 years…the area is called Hampton Roads and the larger cities are…Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Newport News and Hampton.

I am a Mason and have been a Shriner since 1970. Currently, I’m very active in the Kiwanis. Each year, the Kiwanis sponsor a multi city soccer tournament and I get the (honor) of being field director…what a nightmare. I was the local representative to the regional Colonial Services Board for Retardation and Mental Health Disorders. My volunteer list consist of working one day a week at the local food bank\thrift shop, and one day tutoring middle school math students…a shocker…kids don’t have to learn the multiplication tables anymore! I’ve been president of our timeshare association at (Nagshead NC) for several years and was commodore of the local yacht club for a couple of years (currently Rear Commodore). These organizations and volunteering jobs interfere with what I really love to do…traveling, golfing, hunting, fishing, and of course boating…both sailing and power.

I’m looking forward to the next 50 years!

ROY SCHENCK
(Meadowbrook Elementary/Junior High/Poly High)


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