Civilian Stuff: After 5 years in the Air Force I got out and went into the Investment business. I worked at Merrill Lynch from 1975-1985, Smith Barney from 1985-2008 and finished at RBC Wealth Management from 2008-2014. I retired in 2014 and have been busier than ever.
Adventure Stuff: My wife and I love to travel (we've been in over 100 countries around the world) and I finally made my 7th continent a few years ago with a trip to Antarctica. In younger days I enjoyed hiking, and trekking, having climbed Kala Pataar in Nepal, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and 33 of the 14 thousand foot peaks in Colorado.
Running Stuff: I ran track and cross country in High School, but was not competitive at USAFA, During my 30's and 40's I ran several triathlons and 4 Marathons including New York. Now I do mostly a few 5K runs a year. Starting to train for the HTC has got me back into better shape and increased my workouts considerably.
Cancer: My wife Cathy was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma in 2005. After several attempts to get rid of it through surgery and the loss of 4 of her toes she still is at Stage 3. After much consultation with doctors and much prayer, it was decided to monitor the situation rather than do any more surgery. Please keep Cathy in your prayers that we find a cure.
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The Real Story
During the 1950's there were a few television shows I really liked — The West Point Story, The Men of Annapolis and Navy Log. I don't know why, but I just liked military stuff. Perhaps it was a subtle influence from my dad who was in the Army Air Corps during World War II, or probably more from my grandfather who was an early aviation pioneer who first soloed in 1913. My grandfather was even the first pilot that the United States government hired as an instructor pilot to teach pilots to fly during World War I.
But along about the same time I was watching these Army and Navy TV shows the Air Force Academy opened up, and that became my goal. Somewhere about that time the space race began, and I dreamed how great it would be to be an astronaut and fly to the moon, or maybe even Mars. Throughout my junior and senior high school years everything I did was geared towards trying to get an appointment to the Air Force Academy. I studied hard, I ran for student body offices, I was the captain of my cross country team. Academics, leadership, athletics. I punched all the tickets. Then the letter came in the mail from the Academy. Rejected — Academic Composite.
Persistence has always been one of my strengths, and I didn't let this deter me. I went to junior college, beefed up my SAT scores, and dual enrolled in Air Force ROTC at USC. After getting the ROTC nomination to the Academy and applying again to my congressman, I thought my chance were pretty good the second time around. Sadly, my congressman made me his second alternate. But luckily for me, the two candidates above me did not qualify and the nomination fell to me. I promptly accepted.
One of the first things I learned my "doolie" year was that there were a lot of smart guys at the Zoo. My dreams of majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and becoming an astronaut were dashed when my instructor in Math 162 came up to me at the boards one day and asked me point blank, "Have you ever considered dropping this course?" Since I really didn't know what was going on in the class I gladly dropped it, but at the same time I knew that my space career was over. After changing to an Engineering Management major, my grades went up and I was a lot happier realizing that engineering really wasn't my calling.
After graduation I went to pilot training and then became a B-52 pilot. My time on active duty included a couple of TDY tours to Guam and 75 combat missions into everywhere in Southeast Asia. Not wanting to make a career out of flying the B-52 I resigned my commission and went into the stock market. Settling in Dallas I managed money from 1975-2014. for Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and RBC Wealth Management. More importantly I was raising a family with my wife, Cathy, and enjoying watching our two daughters, Kim and Kelly, grow up to be beautiful young ladies.
As the years passed, my daughters found great husbands and gave Cathy and me six wonderful grandchildren. Bumps along the road, of course,but it has been a good trip. Cathy and I have been blessed to lead a truly blessed life. Despite Cathy being diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma in 2005, she has kept a great attitude and that has been vital to her well being. She is still diagnosed as Stage 3, and after losing 4 toes during several Melanoma surgeries she is still fighting her battle with a great spirit. It is for Cathy, for our friends and relatives who are fighting or may have lost their battles with cancer that we do this. This is why we run, for these friends, relatives and those we may never know who battle cancer. This is why we run.
The "Winded Warriors" Team
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