Parker County Today March 2018 - Page 107

Contnued from page 86 PCT: What is your favorite novel? EK: During my younger years, I read many books and the one that probably had the most impact in my life was entitled “Navy, Blue & Gold.” This book was about three midshipmen attending the U.S. Naval Academy. That book became the guiding manual for me to prepare myself to also be honored with an appointment to the Naval Academy. Another book that has also impacted my life was entitled “Evidence That Demands a Verdict,” which was authored by Josh McDowell. Although active in church activities until I was about 47 years old, I never felt secure in knowing there was a God and, if there was a God, who that God was, or in my personal salvation. It took me three months to read it; however, after reading it, I had no doubts that there is a God and who He is. PCT: What do you do to decompress? EK: This question is easy for an old man to answer. I get on my lazy boy chair and watch T. V. PCT: What is something most people don’t know about you? EK: Most people don’t know the life I lived during my childhood years. I was born into a family with 11 children. My father had no formal education and my mother had only three years of school. Due to an injury while he was about 2 years old, my father became mentally retarded and could not read, write or operate any type of equipment. PCT: What would you like to be remembered for? EK: Helping other people with their problems, whether legal, spiritual or otherwise. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever? EK: The day that our Lord, Jesus, rose from the dead and proved to the world that He was the Son of our God, Jehovah. PCT: What is the coolest thing you have ever done in your life? EK: Wow, that question is a tough one. It probably depends on how the word “coolest” is defined. I think it might be best to say “marrying my sweet wife, Barbara.” Mary Jo MacGregor Mary is a retired Marine Colonel PCT: How did you get into your occupation? MM: In 2011, I retired after serving over 25 years in the Marine Corps. My husband, Jim Clark, and I moved from North Carolina to Weatherford so Jim could spend more time with his daughter, Maggie, now 13, who lives here with her mother. Jim owns a successful small business, and I wanted to be a difference-maker in my community, so I started mentor- ing struggling young readers at Curtis Elementary, and I also became a Court Appointed Special Advocate PCT: What would be the best advice you could share with someone start- ing out as an attorney? EK: I am answering this question by reciting some comments I made in a speech to a Weatherford College graduating class: Get a good education. Going to school for whatever length of time it takes to prepare yourself to earn a good living will never be too great a sacrifice for you to make — the time, money and effort to achieve the education necessary to acquire the skill, or in my case, a law license, will be well worth the sacrifice to acquire that position. That advice was true 60 years ago when I was in law school, it is true today, and it will be true forever. It is not too much of a sacrifice to spend the time, energy and money required to prepare your- self to be able to work in your chosen field or to be better prepared to raise your family. As with most things in life worth having, education and training doesn’t just happen — you have to work hard to get such. There is no free lunch! Diligence on the job. Just as good jobs require education and train- ing, they also require dedication and hard work. Contrary to what some people appear to promote, nobody owes any of us, that are capable of working, anything for doing nothing! Good luck by some successful person after such person’s discovery of some solution to some difficult problem or building a successful business doesn’t usually just happen. I urge you to devote such time and energy to your chosen occupation as is necessary to become the best there is in your field. PCT: What would be your second choice of a professional occupation? EK: At my age of 86, changing professions would be difficult, but it probably would be in some way of helping others with whatever their needs might be. PCT: What would be your greatest impact on Parker County? EK: I think being involved in orga- nizing and operating non-profit organizations such as Parker County Citizens for Public Decency, Parker County Crime Commission, Economic Foundation of Parker County, Parker County Citizens for Responsible Government, Parker County Center of Hope and serving on the Weatherford City Council for six years. Continued on page 110 105