When I was a kid I always thought it was neat to live only 10 miles from Mayberry and hear Mt. Pilot mentioned on Hollywood TV every now and then. Although, I must admit it was a little disappointing to never see Andy, Barney, Aunt Bea or Gomer when we cruised through Tastee Freeze and Odell’s Sandwich shop.
Life at UNC Chapel Hill in the 60’s was definitely a long way from Mayberry. I can’t say my college experience was something I can brag about. We were successful in shutting down the University protesting the War. After Christ came into my life in 1972, I repented and along with love for God, I also was filled with love for my country and love for all those who fight to keep us free. Memorial Day is a special time for our country.
Thankfully, Dr. Gary Chapman rescued me from retail sales in 1974 and gave my searching heart a little booklet listing “Short Terms Abroad”. That landed me at Christian radio station WIVV on Vieques Island in the Caribbean off and on until I came to WBFJ in 1986. I say “off and on” since I took 3 years out for Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth.
Judy gave me another sort of rescue in 1987 when she said “I do”. Don’t try to reconcile the math but I have 3 teen age and above grandchildren now. Hannah, the oldest gave me the name Papa John and was disappointed when she found out that all those pizza places were not mine.
On my desk (on loan temporarily to my brother) is a plaque with one of my favorite verses … Jeremiah 32:27. Come on. Look it up! It may become one of your favorites, too!
And in case this Wednesday Word becomes my resume: I have worked at WKTE, King; WTOB, Winston-Salem; WCOG, Greensboro; WIVV, Vieques, PR; Radio Shack, WS and WBFJ AM and FM.
AND…I’m still here!
God is GREAT all the time!
- Papa John
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