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After graduating from Lanier, I headed to Auburn University in fall 1965. I started out in Aerospace Engineering, but later switched to Aviation Management, and graduated from Auburn in 1970 with a BS degree. While I was at Auburn, I played guitar in two “soul” bands and paid part of my college costs with money earned from entertaining at fraternity parties, mostly at the University of Alabama, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
I was planning to be an Air Force pilot through AFROTC, but about three months before graduation, I flunked the final physical due to an inherited blood condition. So, after graduation from Auburn, I found myself with no job and an uncertain future. I married Melanie Hammond in November 1970, and drove a truck until the end of 1971.
In March 1972, I started work with the Alabama Department of Revenue at their main office in Montgomery. I worked there 35 years. I held many different positions in Revenue, usually working in jobs or on projects that affected the entire department, or that made things better for the taxpaying public. I retired from Revenue in 2007. After that retirement, I worked part-time at the Alabama Department of Labor until 2012.
In 1985, after talking with the disc jockey at our 20th Reunion party, I bought some equipment and got into the “mobile DJ” business. From 1985 through 1993, I was a DJ for hire and provided music for many gatherings in many places. From 1993 through 2002, I was the house DJ on Wednesday nights at Down The Street Café in Montgomery. From 1998 through 2004, I was “George The DJ” on “Hubcap Classics”, a live Saturday night all-request oldies show on a Montgomery radio station. I was a partner with Bill J. Moody (from the legendary WBAM AM 740). Today, I confine my talents to working as a volunteer with the television ministry at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church.
Melanie and I have two children. Our son Clint graduated from the Lanier Academic Motivational Program (LAMP) at Lanier in 1989. Our daughter Courtney graduated from LAMP at Lanier in 1994. They have presented us with three wonderful grandchildren.
I spend my time these days doing genealogy research and volunteering as the treasurer of our homeowners’ association. In the words of a song: “Life’s been good to me so far.”
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