As a “come here” I have met many of the smartest people on the Shore and I listened to the lessons they were teaching. (They didn’t know they were teaching!) It might have been in the car while being shown real estate by Herb Lassiter, Jack Mason, Jona Davis or over a beer by a man who quit school in 7th grade.
There are several brilliant people who would have made great congressman or filled other positions but I guess they were never interested. Many people on the Shore are not ambitious, not hard working and laid back as were many back in Ocean County, NJ. When a person breaks that mold the sky is the limit.
Billy Lewis from Associated Farms is as smart as they come and Larry Rantz knows his business and how to work hard. Gene Turlington has the personality and skill to make everyone feel like a life-long friend. Herbert Hoover Lassiter gave me the wisdom to know something may seem too pricey because we are thinking in old dollars and that if you buy that real estate in 10 years you will marvel over how cheaply you got it!
Jack Mason before his career in real estate was in the news business and knew where all the skeletons were buried. He told me the total if the I Q’s of the Accomack BOS were to be added as compared to room temperature. He sold the property on 13 to Frank Perdue and Frank was trying to hide his identity with dark glasses and a trench coat. Jack told him he knew who he was and wouldn’t get the place for a cent less than the asking price.
The 7th grade drop-out served in the Navy during WW II and when discharged instead of buying a new car like most vets did invested in Ma Bell. Over the years, he’s 91 now, he worked hard, had his own business and continued to invest. His two brothers are carbons of him and they are all very well off. He has more smarts than Bernake and the rest of these Haaaavaaad types. My degree is business and I taught my 8th graders some about the stock market but never messed with it until the drop-out got me interested.
College is great but too much is expected of the graduates and the results in our society are a disaster. Years ago, if you could do the job, you were hired. If you had leadership skills and knew the job at the next higher lever you moved up. Now, we have people with education who, hands on are worthless.
My father only went to 9th grade, became a fire chief, an Army officer in WW I and a Naval officer in WW II and when he was moved to a higher job performed so well he was promote to full commander in 6 months after becoming a Lt Comdr.