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What a difference 40 years makes…


Heavens11 1978

40 years ago today, my best friend, Bobby Von Schaumburg (front row, 2nd from left)  and I (front row, 3rd from left) drove down to Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL to register for Freshman classes. I always referred to WIU as The “Harvard” of the midwest, but had difficulty gaining consensus.

Along the way, we picked up a cross-country hitchhiker; crossed the Mississippi River to get a case of Coors Beer; and I woke up the next morning on the hood of my car (the result of one too many Coors) as thousands of new students and their parents walked by to register for classes. It was the perfect start to a colorful college experience.

Today, (40 years later) I enrolled in ASU’s W.P. Carey’s School of of Business…even earned a scholarship. I will be participating in their “Business Leadership” program this Fall. This time around, it will be void of hitchhikers, beer and sleeping on car hoods.

I never thought I would go back to school because I believed that you could not teach old dogs new tricks. Sure hope I am wrong.

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