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33 Years and Counting.

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Feb 28, 2019, 2:06 PM

At 5:00 PM on Feb. 28, 1986, I closed the door to my office and marched out of the building to enter the land of retirement. Well, it was semi-retirement because sometime later I became an associate of Fort/AIC Consultants for a special job. My job as a research engineer began in Stoneville, MS, and then to Belle Glade, FL, and finally in 1955. to Clemson where wild horses could never bulge me. Even some very tempting offers could not sway me to leave Clemson, my home town for the last 64 years.

I had infomed my associates that when I retired, I was going out in style. Rather than bore you with the long version I knew most of you would definitely appreciate my boring you with the short version. On that day long ago, rather than driving my old reliable pickup to work. my wife had the honor of escorting me in the family car. In addition to my usual briefcase i had concealed my tux in a carry-on bag. About one hour before my departure that afternoon, I closed my office door and changed into my tux. Now that I was clad in approptiate attire, the staff came to my office for their farewell and good riddance messages and found me at my desk sipping champagne, an act that was not really legit.

About 15 minutes before my 5:00 PM scheduled departure, my wife arrived clad in clothing and a cap appropriate for a chauffeur. With everyone looking on, she picked up my brief case, escorted me to our vehicle and opened the back door. She took out a blanket and held it so all the observers could see and then placed it over my lap. She gently closed the door, returned to the drivers seat and we slowly rode off into the sunset.

Little did I realize at that time I would still be above ground to make this post in 2019.

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Feb 28, 2019, 2:11 PM

That is superb. BTW...how old are you, man???

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Feb 28, 2019, 2:23 PM

The 21 beside my name should give you a clue.

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For those of you who didn't pass Ms Dunkle in math...

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Feb 28, 2019, 3:43 PM

That means that Joe was born in 1921... that makes him give-or-take 98 years young. Many more happy ones, Joe21.

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Feb 28, 2019, 2:19 PM

Great story.

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Feb 28, 2019, 2:24 PM

That was so much better than mine. I just walked out and closed the door and rode off into the sunset.

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Well - 2000 ....


Feb 28, 2019, 2:33 PM

... I thought the '2000' meant you were a year 2000 Clemson graduate!! -:)

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If people were as good as their obituary - and products were as good as advertised - this would truly be a wonderful world !!


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Feb 28, 2019, 2:34 PM

That is superb entry into retirement Joe!!

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If people were as good as their obituary - and products were as good as advertised - this would truly be a wonderful world !!


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Feb 28, 2019, 2:39 PM

Joe ..... you da man!

I hope I will get to meet you in person one day soon!

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Feb 28, 2019, 2:45 PM

Way to show some style! Hope you’re celebrating each anniversary with a sip of champagne

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You're just getting started Joe! Here's to many more years***


Feb 28, 2019, 3:03 PM



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Feb 28, 2019, 3:13 PM

Nope, 2000 is the year my son graduated from CU.

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You might have got most of your Social Security

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Feb 28, 2019, 3:30 PM

good job. My father was amazing and lived at home until he was 93. He was still sharp as a tack but slowed way down the last couple of years. My memory gets blanks all the time and I'm just in my mid 50's. I eat and exercise about average I suppose. There is no way I will be able to stay healthy and brain conscience till I'm 90, much less 100!

You sir, are an inspiration.

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You go Joe!***


Feb 28, 2019, 3:59 PM



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Feb 28, 2019, 4:26 PM

I look forward to your stories every time. We are blessed to have you hear on TigerNet and I too would love to meet you one day.

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You’re the BEST JoE21..

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Feb 28, 2019, 6:12 PM

and hope the young guns here on TNet are picking up some quality lessons on how to fight, write and/or celebrate life in splendid style.

Thx for your unreal Clemson loyalty & support and sharing it almost daily to the Troops!

Salute Sir!

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Feb 28, 2019, 5:46 PM

Looking forward to another story or 2 :<)

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Feb 28, 2019, 5:46 PM

I so enjoy your posts, Joe. This is a great story. My husband and I will be coming to Clemson for a baseball game in mid March. We plan to visit my brother-in-law's mother at Clemson Downs while we are there. I think I remember a post from you talking about living there. We would be honored to meet you in person if you are interested in visitors. Tmail me.

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Feb 28, 2019, 5:54 PM

Awesome story, thanx Joe.

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Malcolm Merriweather couldn't have


Feb 28, 2019, 5:57 PM

chauffeured you better.

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Feb 28, 2019, 6:58 PM

Joe21, please consider turning your writings over to a publisher. A book of your thoughts and memories would be absolutely awesome. You are truly an inspiration and an icon of what the tnetters here should be like.

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Feb 28, 2019, 7:01 PM

which players stood out to you from the undefeated 1950 team?

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Feb 28, 2019, 8:46 PM

I didn't arrive in Clemson until July 1955.

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Feb 28, 2019, 9:19 PM

Awesome story!

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Thanks for the story!


Mar 1, 2019, 6:43 AM

God bless you and Go Tigers!!!

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