Participant Stories

Albert Brigham Futrell

Almo, KY

I remember taking the Project Talent tests in the high school gym over several days. According to my test scores, I did well in math and science.  I was encouraged to study these subjects and consider a career in these areas. 

At the time, however, I was unsure whether I would attend college.  My father had only a third grade education and did not think that additional schooling was necessary.  My mother had attended college and wanted me to continue my education, but my parents could not afford the tuition.  I decided to work full-time while taking classes in Business and Engineering.  It took me five years, but I graduated without any debt.

Following college, I volunteered for military service.  I am proud to have served during the height of the Viet Nam War and still display my Honorable Discharge.  When I returned, I married a beautiful girl from South Carolina.  We have two wonderful children and three grandchildren whom I adore. 
I spent over thirty years coaching sports for the local recreational organization.  I have also been blessed to serve my church, community and state on various Boards and Commissions.  I recently retired as a Senior Staff Engineer for Mitsubishi Polyester Film, and I am eager to see what the next few years hold.

The world today is much more complicated than the world of the 1950s. Technological advances have opened up a world of information to us, but they have also revealed much of our personal information to the world. I am glad I grew up in the time and place that I did. I’ve had a great life. I’d be happy to do it all again.

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