(Bio submitted January, 2007)
Like Terry I find it hard to believe it’s been over 40 years since we were in high school, and even harder to believe that we’re all about to turn 60. I can remember when I thought anyone over 30 was ancient, but how great would it be to return to that age?
After we graduated from high school I started at IU in the fall. Then on New Year’s Eve of 1965 I met my wife to be, Therese Phillips, at a party on a blind date set up by Andy Bair and Therese’s brother Pete. We weren’t married until my senior year in college—October of 1971, but recently celebrated our 35th anniversary and are hoping for many more. Therese is Director of Communication Services at IU and has been there for 40 years. After discovering you actually had to study in college, as opposed to our days at SHS, I dropped out of school for a year and a half, working full time for Sterling Drug Store in Bedford. I eventually returned to IU where I graduated from the School of Business in 1972 with a BS in Business Administration. We settled in Bloomington and still live there today.
After a brief fling with the real estate business in Indianapolis, I was in the mobile home business in Bloomington for the better part of 16 years. In 1992 I was hired as the Executive Director of the Indiana Limestone Institute, with offices in the Stone City Bank in Bedford and am still there. The Institute is the trade association and technical publisher for the Indiana Limestone industry. We have roughly 100 members located here and around the country and we publish manuals for architects and contractors and I travel around the country giving lectures and participating in trade shows. I also write articles for various trade publications. This job has allowed me to travel to many parts of the country. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with several consultants including Hugh Kluesner, Terry’s dad, who has been and continues to be extremely helpful and forthcoming in sharing his knowledge of the Indiana Limestone industry. More information on the Institute can be found at www.iliai.com .
As many of you may remember I was an only child, but Therese was one of 8---thus when we were married, I inherited the family I never had. Of her 5 sisters and two brothers, two (Agnes Stigall (married to Bedford Fire Chief Jack from Heltonville) and Bernie Lytton (married to Jeff—VP at Bedford Federal and a classmate of mine in grade school at Parkview) live here in town, one (Mary Ann) lives in Bloomington and her two brothers Joe & Pete live in Indianapolis. Her sister Cathy lives in Bryan, OH and her other sister Patty is married to Ron Rynders (some will remember his brother Mike who was a year behind us at SHS) and lives in Atlanta. Therese and I have two sons Brian, who graduated from IU and got his master’s degree at the University of Denver (a fine institution that uses lots of our Indiana Limestone) and David who lives in Bloomington and is a 911 dispatcher and a volunteer fireman. Brian lives in Indianapolis and is Director of Student Life for Collegiate Housing Services, a company that arranges housing for technical schools located throughout the country. Neither is married at the moment so no grandkids are on the horizon, but hopefully someday we’ll be blessed with same. We’ve lost both sets of parents, with Therese’s mother passing in January of 2006. A number of us gather for the major holidays and while going from a family of 1 to a family of 8 had its moments of culture shock it’s been great to be a part of such a large, loving group.
As for hobbies, racing is my main passion and my son Brian is into it as well. We take in the Daytona 500 just about every year, as well as the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. We’ve also been to a few races in Chicago, Kentucky and Michigan and hope to add other tracks to our list in the not too distant future. Terry Kluesner and I have been to a few U.S. Grand Prix’s together along with his dad and brother and my son Brian has gotten me into various fantasy sports leagues with some of his friends, where I’ve managed to hold my own, particularly in NASCAR. My other hobby is photography and I really enjoy taking pictures of race cars, scenery and various buildings. My job travels have afforded me several photo ops as well, and while I’m being slowly dragged into the digital era by my youngest son David, AKA Mr. Gadget who is really into the electronic and computer age, I still rely on my 35 mm Minolta SLR for many of the photos, including the ones I take every year at Daytona.
That’s about it from here. Life has been and continues to be good with work and family things keeping us pretty busy. I look forward to hearing from and about others in our class, a few of whom I see occasionally here in Bedford.