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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

One of the events I missed during the sickness of my bride was the ribbon cutting at the new Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building at the Curtis Brown Airport.  Missed seeing Col Curtis Brown, retired astronaut and the remarks about Mr. Mac, Sr.  Remember Curt as a youngster growing up, his dad was the owner-operator of the local Western Auto store and Mr. Mac was a business leader in the community.

Shortly after the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad was formed, someone discovered that the NC state surplus folks had an ambulance that we may be eligible for, so we filled out all the required paperwork, sent it off and were notified that we were to be the new owners. Mr. Mac offered to fly Roy Lomax and myself to Raleigh to pick it up.  I enjoyed the flight.

Roy and I made our way to the surplus location, delivered the proper paperwork and received the keys.  We were also told to be aware the siren was controlled by a button, for a better word, in the foot of the vehicle, same location where the dimmer switch was in the early days of most auto, trucks, etc.  We had no license plates, just some paperwork showing we were attempting to get back home.  We were told whatever we did, do not press the siren button in the city of limits of Raleigh.  For the life of me, can’t remember who was driving, but we set the siren off.  Scared the ‘crap’ out of both, but failed to draw any attention from the cops.

Nicknamed the ‘grey goose’, it was used by the Elizabethtown squad for a few years and later donated to another local squad.  It all began with the flight to Raleigh by Mr. Mac.  Just one of many of his ‘good deeds’ for the betterment of the area.  I was one of many happy to see the terminal named for Mr. Mac for his love of flying and his support of many good causes in the area.

Didn’t plan on getting into the ‘gory’ details, but not sure how to shorten it.

Mr. Carl Lamm, 92-year-old owner operator of WTSB radio station in Smithfield is retiring at the end of the month, after 72 years in the business.  He and his family have entertained and covered the news in Johnston County over the years.  Mr. Lamm continues to do an afternoon shift, on the air.  We got to be friends several years ago and he invited me to share his 90th birthday.  Mr. Lamm, his son and daughter-in-law and our son Rick enjoyed the food and the fellowship for a couple of hours.  Truly a legend in the broadcasting industry.

I had the best job in the entire history of broadcasting.  Willard Scott

I had no experience with broadcasting basketball games, so I took a tape recorder and went to a playground where there was a summer league, and I stood up in the top of the stands and I called the game.  Ed Bradley

If a young guy asked me for advice on how to get into broadcasting, I’d say “Hit .350 or win the Heisman.”  Skip Carey

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