5, 2012 ROBERT PLOTT wrote:
Sounds like you have had a long, storied, and fun life. I really
enjoyed your bio -- so many places and different and interesting work experiences.
I'm impressed! Did your invention have anything to do with fiber
optics? I seem to recall that you and Harry were working on something
of that nature for telephone lines.
you, I was sort of the "black sheep" of the family. In 1955, after
studying civil engineering at VPI for a little over two years, I
resigned and went North to Washington, D.C. for a job with the Army Corps
of Engineers, where I first met in 1957 and later married in 1960 a beautiful,
five foot seven inches tall, black-haired, blue-eyed, Irish, Catholic girl
wise, I worked on the Civil Works side of the Corps of Engineers for 42
years. Twelve of those years were spent working in the field on comprehensive
river basin-wide studies which addressed water supply, pollution abatement,
flood control and flood protection projects, and water-related recreation
facilities in the Potomac River Basin at the Washington District Office
and in the Susquehanna River Basin at the Baltimore District Office before
transferring to the headquarters Office of the Chief of Engineers in Washington
D.C. to work for thirty years on the national Floodplain Management Services
Program. The Program provided information and planning assistance to State
and local governments so they could address their flood problems and coordinated
their needs with the Corps. Along the way, after six years of night
school, I finally received a BA degree in Economics at Maryland University,
and later a MS degree in Water Resources Planning at Colorado State University
before becoming Chief of the Program.
in 1977 , but last year the Corps brought me back to speak at the Golden
Anniversary Celebration of the Program. While I was there, their
history office asked me to allow them to record my career experiences for
their archives. Just last week, I finished finalizing some sixty
pages of interview transcripts and turned over all my old files on the
Program. It was a lot of work going back and sort of reliving forty-two
years of my life, but it brought back a lot of good memories. Plus,
the doctors say it keeps your mind active. Ha!
I left Danville, I had relatives all over the place. My Dad was one
of eight children and my Mom had three brothers. So I left behind
parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles , and a slew of first cousins.
Today I only have one 95 year old aunt, Dorothy Plott, living at Abingdon
Place and one first cousin, Frank Plott, living at 823 Kristen Lane in
Danville. The last time I saw Buster was at my Mom's funeral.
Last I heard, he had retired, sold his hardware store in Chatham, VA, and
moved to the coast.
Take care and hang in there ole buddy,
Glen Williamson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Friday, September 28, 2012 5:33 PM
Re: A voice from the past
for getting back to me, you've made my day/week.
Linda Sue Pagel will be so happy that you are still with us!
family, so many grand kids and great grand kids--and you're Methodist.
two kids and only one grand child--so far.
A not so quick catch up on my life: "it's been FUN, all in all"--to quote
school at sixteen and took up with a fast motorcycle--that you may remember
to work for my brother, Harry, installing and repairing police and taxi
radios in Petersburg.
for Western Electric in stalling telephone offices (Danville included)
and worked on SAGE, air defense project--learned a lot.
my money and went out West prospecting for uranium--didn't find a thing,
but what an Adventure!
was followed by the USAF where I taught B-52 pilots to do something that
I could not do myself--typical.
was followed by eighteen months, as a civilian on a Pacific island working
on an antimissile system, for which
paid obscene amounts of money--which didn't last long. http://williamson-labs.com/kwaja.htm
was followed by work on an invention of mine, and a patent.
marriage to a wonderful girl--really Cute and Smart, which was wonderful
for ten years. Two great kids, a boy and a girl,
and Laura came from that. Sadly, "that" ended in divorce.
this time I found work as an electrical engineer for the next thirty years
in the Raleigh, RTP area; mostly consulting.
years before retirement, I was appointed to the faculty of the ECE Department
at NCSU in Raleigh teaching senior design.
turned out to be my most fun job, Ever!
to Danville in 2000, moving into my Mom's house shortly after her passing
at ninety six.
I had a series of strokes that pretty well did a major RESET on my Butt!
A couple of years afterwards, I fell and had surgery
old noggin. That put me in a nursing home for a while, until a couple of
buddies busted me out and thankfully, I landed back
own home--with all my toys, and my cat Buddy.
I sit in front of my computers, building and running my several web sites,
happy as if I had good sense--well almost.
Bob, for the longggg bio, but, as you see, I couldn't hold a job for very
of Westbrook, I devoted a web page to he and Hathaway some years back,
and you are in it several places: http://williamson-labs.com/westbrook.htm
forwarded your email to Linda and Billy, and I've enclosed their email
Sue Pagel <LINPAGEL@aol.com>
your son, the Historian, wanting to visit Danville, PLEASE come by to see
me when you guys come down! Please... That would make my Month!
Bob, thanks again, for writing,
Do you know if Buster is still above ground, I snail-mailed him also, but
3:55 PM, ROBERT PLOTT wrote:
What a plesant suprise hearing from you.
Thinking of Lee Street brings back a lot of fond childhood memories, particularly
those you and I shared together with Johnny Westbrook.
I, also, ran accross Jimmy Gravely when he was minister at Mosley Memorial
Methodist, my old church. Also met Billy Hill when I was down for
my Dad's funeral. Billy and Linda Sue were my nextdoor neighbors,
I'm ALIVE and doing well. Have my daughter and youngest son and spouses
and two grandsons, a granddaughter, and two greatgrandaughters living in
the area. My oldest son and spouce with four granddaughters, a grandson,
and a greatgranddaughter lives near Detroit, MI. My wife passed several
years ago, so they all call me dailey and we get together quite often.
My youingest son is, our family historian, and just last week he asked
me to visit Danville with him so that could take pictures of my home on
Lee Street and record my memories about growing up there. Maybe we
could get together when I come down.
Your childhood friend, Bob.