I live in Tupelo, Mississippi, currently -- birthplace of Elvis.
My hometown, though, is Starkville, MS (home of Mississippi State University). I began my career as a junior high Industrial Arts ("shop") teacher for 8 years, then was a middle school Principal for 3 years, and then taught Instructional Technology & Electronics at Mississippi State University for 17 years. I retired from Mississippi State in December 2000, then moved from Starkville, MS to Tupelo, MS (only 65 miles North).
Although I retired from teaching, I still remain very active as a consultant, public speaker, author, and advisor to organizations around the world. Back in 1993, I founded the National Center for Technology Planning, so I get to help schools, businesses, governments, etc., in many countries.
As a public speaker, it has been my true pleasure to address audiences, both large (28,000 in Singapore) and small (3 in California), around the globe. Each time I have done this, I am the one who comes away with the greatest blessing, not the people in the crowd. I learn so much when I'm around other people and remain open to how they can enrich a person's life.
I've been privileged to receive many honors. Most of them have come because of what other people did or helped me to do. One of the highest honors I received was being named as one of theThirty Most Infuential People in Technology a few years back. Others named in that group included Astronaut and Senator John Glenn, AOL/Time-Warner President Steve Case, and Author Steven King.
I'm working on my 7th book, working title The Power of the Seed. It is about the strong influence others have had upon my life and how we all live our lives in such a way that we influence all with whom we come in contact. I have dedicated it to my childhood pastor's wife and our long-time church custodian in Starkville, MS. This has been an extremely fun book to write!
Since 2000, I have been an Apple Distinguished Educator, so I'm a stalwart user of Macintosh computers. I don't yet have the Mac controlling my radio(s) 100%, but that's certainly on my radar to accomplish, eventually.
I still have my trusty Yaesu FT-101EE from the "old days," but I had sold all my other radios, towers, and antennas (TH6DXX, 204BA, Heathkit SB-220 amp, Drake T4XB/R4B and assorted accessories (W4 wattmeter, speaker, etc.), and rotors)-- dumb me! My main antenna now is a Carolina Windom 80 Compact up about 40' -- not enough room for lots of towers any more. But, I still enjoy getting on the radio. My favorite mode is CW.
Currently, most of my contacts are made on a Kenwood TS-480SAT -- 100 Watts into a Carolina Windom Compact 80 at 40 feet.
More of my resume can be seen at http://www.nctp.com/resume
--Dr. Larry S. Anderson
Many of you have photos of your radios, towers, etc. to portray how much you enjoy your hobby. Well, I have something that means more to me than my own image sitting in front of radios--and that is photos of my son, Chad, when he was just a tot. He loved listening to and turning dials on my radios. Friends, it is these images that mean the most to me. And, when I'm able to let my grandson, Max, tinker with radios, I'll add those pictures and we'll have a real treasure chest (in my opinion).
Here are a couple of photos of my son, Chad, when he was just a young fella. He's now 38 and teaches art and technology at Mississippi State University. When he was young, he really loved playing with my radios. I'm so glad! Now, I have a 5-year-old grandson, Max, and I will introduce him to ham radio, as well.
Young Chad (my son) tunes the Collins receiver in our bedroom so he can pick up some rare DX! I think Chad worked more countries than I did!
Photo was made around 1975 or '76.
And, Chad loved sitting in the big chair out in the ham shack, working that DX left and right. I still have that Yaesu FT-101EE, but not the SB-220 amp or Drake Wattmeter. The phone is sitting on top of my FT-101EE mobile mount that I used in the car when traveling.
Photo was made around 1976 or '77, I think.
Isn't ham radio a great hobby to pass on to children??
Another hobby: Harley motorcycles
Here are a couple of photos of Harleys I've ridden.
While speaking at an international conference in Denver back in 2009, I rented this Harley Road King from Mile High Harley in Aurora, CO. I'm the big guy in the red shirt. Eric, who worked at the Harley rental area, had roots in Pontotoc, MS, a town only about 15 miles from where I live. And, he has been writing a history of Pontotoc. So, we had a great time. Eric went back to the rear of the store and brought out this nearly brand new Road King for me to ride for the day. It had only 74 miles on it. I more than doubled what it had. A great ride, indeed!
My great friend, Joe Reed, from Starkville, MS (my hometown) let me ride his 2003 Harley Road King Classic (100th Anniversary edition). This is the absolute sweetest ride I've ever been on! Joe has it tuned to perfection and I love every mile I've put on this terrific machine. Can't wait until my next opportunity to ride this again!
Here's a photo I made when I rode Joe Reed's Harley Road King, along with a group of friends, to a celebration at French Camp, MS back in 2011. This was a fabulous ride with members of my Facebook group, "Motorcycle Friends." It was our inaugural ride and we hope to have many more.
Woodworking: Hobby & Avocation
I taught junior high school (Grades 8 and 9) Industrial Arts as my first teaching job. I taught for 8 years, then became a middle school Principal.
Here are a couple of photos of me performing some maintenance on my Shopsmith Mark V.
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I just do NOT have words to express how much I miss these beams and towers! But, I'm glad I had them back then--and I'm glad to be on the air again today with my simple Windom and 100w station. That's better than what many people have, isn't it?
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